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His teammates and coach remember the excitement of the touchdown Michael Chadbourne scored last year.

Chadbourne, a defensive back for Franklin Community High School’s football team, was facing Thomas Carr Howe Community High School with his teammates last season. The teams were on Franklin’s 10-yard-line when a Howe player fumbled the ball.

Teammate Nik Welch remembers Chadbourne grabbing the ball and running about 90 yards to score a touchdown for Franklin.

No player from the other team ever came within 50 yards of Chadbourne during the runback, but he still sprinted to the end zone as fast as he could, Welch said.

“He would always put it all out, no matter what,” Welch said.

Chadbourne, who would have been a senior this fall, died shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The 16-year-old had been in critical condition at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis since Friday afternoon and was on life support earlier this week as doctors and his family prepared to donate his organs.

He is the second Franklin teen to die in a tragedy at the Big Blue River dam in Edinburgh on Friday.

Chadbourne and Jason Moran, 17, were swimming with Mark Nally, 18, Trent Crabb, 17, and Sarah McLevish, 16, when McLevish was swept over the dam. The other four teens went over the dam to help her. Moran, Chadbourne and McLevish were all pulled under the fast-moving water.

Chadbourne and McLevish surfaced but weren’t breathing. They were given CPR until an ambulance arrived. McLevish remains in critical condition at Methodist.

Rescuers found Moran’s body at the base of the dam Sunday morning.

A memorial service for Chadbourne will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin.

The high school hosted a memorial service for Moran on Wednesday, and a private funeral for the family is being conducted later today. School officials will continue to meet with Chadbourne’s family to show their support and offer any help they can, Principal Doug Harter and school board members said.

The high school also has had counselors available for students, and school officials will continue to provide counseling or any other help that students need, Harter said.

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