Hartsville’s Rouse tragically dies after collapsing on field

Tragedy struck Hartsville and high school football through the Carolina Friday night as a Red Foxes’ football player died during Friday night’s game against Crestwood at Kellytown Stadium.

Senior defensive lineman Ronald Rouse, listed at 6-foot-3 and 335, collapsed on the field in the second quarter and left the field with assistance from trainers before collapsing again on the sidelines.

CPR was performed on Rouse, who was transported to Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Darlington. He was pronounced after suffering an apparent heart attack. The game was postponed at halftime.

According to media reports, an ambulance was not on hand at the game it took 15 minutes for one to arrive on the scene and take over treatment of Rouse. EMS are commonly stationed at games but there was no immediate word why one wasn’t on hand Friday night.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. There was no immediate word on when or if the game would be continued.

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