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SC high school football player dies after collapsing at practice

Head coach David Bennett and the River Bluff Gators.
Head coach David Bennett and the River Bluff Gators. tdominick@thestate.com

A sophomore on the River Bluff football team died after collapsing at practice Wednesday.

The 14-year-old’s name has not been released yet.

According to a Lexington One School District release sent earlier Wednesday, the teenager was assisted by two athletics trainers on site and a River Bluff coach. They began medical treatment, which included CPR and the use of an AED (defibrillator).

The player was then taken to a local hospital.

River Bluff began practice at 5 p.m. and practiced for two hours and 15 minutes. During practice the players took regular water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes during which the members are required to leave the field and drink water. There are water hoses available at all times, along with coolers and water, according to the district.

River Bluff High School coaches and administrators are in contact with the other football players and their parents/ guardians and are keeping them updated.

Messages of condolences from Midlands high schools and across the state flooded social media.

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