LOUISBURG, Kan. -- Students at Louisburg High School mourned the loss of their starting quarterback Monday morning two days after Auston McLellan, 17, lost control of his vehicle and hit a power pole near Metcalf Road and 271st Street.
"The Louisburg community is one that is resilient," said Sharon Zoellner, school superintendent. "We've been through a number of tragedies in the last year, and if there's one thing I could say about the folks who are supportive of us is that we will get through this and we will be stronger for it. The community will rally around our kids and help them as they struggle with the loss of a classmate, which is a very difficult thing for young people to go through."
Zoellner said the football team gathered Monday morning and decided they will dedicate this year's football season to McLellan.
Police said the accident that killed McLellan happened just after 8:30 Saturday night. He lost control of his vehicle and hit a power pole. McLellan was ejected. He was life-flighted to an area hospital where he later died. Another student, Drew Carder, was also treated and released at the hospital.
Eight months ago on Dec. 19, Louisburg High School teacher Glenda Beasley died in a crash on Kansas Highway 68 shortly after the school day ended.