Hartsville High football player collapses on field, dies

October 5, 2012 

— A South Carolina high school football player has died after collapsing on the sideline during a game.

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington said in an email late Friday that Ronald Rouse, a senior lineman for the Hartsville Red Foxes, collapsed on the playing field and later died.

The Morning News of Florence reports (http://bit.ly/RjQL7M) that the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Rouse was involved in a tackle and stayed on the ground afterward. Team officials helped Rouse to his feet and he walked to the sideline, where he collapsed.

Pennington said EMS crews worked to revive Rouse and transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The game against Crestwood was cancelled and Pennington ordered flags in the city flown at half-staff.

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