GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Lincoln High's head football coach has died
after complaining of chest pains at halftime of his team's season
opener.

Etowah County Coroner Michael J. Gladden said 48-year-old Keith
Howard was pronounced dead Friday night at Riverview Medical Center in Gadsden. The Lincoln High Golden Bears beat Etowah High 26-7 during the game in Attalla.

Gladden said Howard likely died from a massive heart attack.

A Lincoln High graduate, Howard became head coach at the school
in 2004. Before that he had been head coach at Ragland High.

Also Friday night, 65-year-old James Parrish, a high school
football referee collapsed died shortly after the beginning of the
Dothan-Eufaula football game.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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