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High School football player dies after collapsing during game

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Coaches and players pray after player collapses on field during game Coaches and players pray after player collapses on field during game
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HARTSVILLE, SC (WIS) - A high school football player has died after he collapsed on the field during a game Friday night. The game was stopped after halftime.

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington says the police and fire chief confirmed Ronald Rouse has died.

The 6'3'' 320-pound senior was holding his chest when he collapsed. The Hartsville roster says Rouse is an offensive lineman.

After receiving some care on the field, Rouse, 18, got up and was helped off the field, but he collapsed again on the sidelines.

Rouse was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

Players and coaches from both sides prayed as medical personnel tended to Rouse.

Hartsville was hosting Crestwood.

After halftime, the stadium's Public Address announcer said because of the severity of Rouse's condition, the game would be stopped.

A coroner says a South Carolina high school football player died as a result of a sudden irregular heartbeat brought on because he was born with an enlarged heart.

Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee said after an autopsy Saturday that Rouse died as a result of a sudden irregular heartbeat brought on because he was born with an enlarged heart.

A community prayer service was schedule for 5 p.m. at St Luke United Methodist Church located at 302 Dunlap Road in Hartsville.

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