HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Hartsville Red Foxes senior lineman Ronald Rouse, 18, was pronounced dead on Friday after collapsing twice during Friday's game against Crestwood. The Darlington County Coroner's report says that Rouse "died of a fatal sudden cardiac arrhythmia brought upon by a congenital enlarged heart." Coroner J. Tom Hardee will rule the manner of death as natural.
Rouse was entering the game in the second quarter on Friday night, when he got up from his stance and signaled for a timeout. On his way off the field, he collapsed. After the doctors, coaches and athletic trainers ran to his aid, he clearly got off the field, but then collapsed a second time.
He was aided by three doctors that were on the sidelines and one that was a spectator. He was also assisted by two certified athletic trainers before EMS services tended to him, where he was later pronounced dead.
The game was delayed in the second quarter, but eventually resumed until the conclusion of the half. Hartsville was leading Crestwood 27-7 during this game, and play was suspended at halftime.