14-Year-Old South Carolina High School Football Player Dies during Practice

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A 14-year-old high school football player has died after collapsing at practice.

Lewis Simpkins, a 6-ft 2in, 270-pound defensive tackle, fell to the floor on Wednesday night after training with his teammates at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.

Two athletic trainers and a coach began CPR and used a defibrillator before Simpkins was taken to the hospital.

But medical staff could not revive him and he was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy is planned later Thursday.

Lexington District One spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill said in a statement that the teen dropped to the ground as practice was about to end on Wednesday night.

Officials say practice had run just over two hours.

Players took water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes and water hoses and coolers were available at all times.
It was around 90 degrees in Lexington when the players went out onto the field.

Westwood defensive coordinator and former River Bluff assistant James Reynolds wrote on Twitter: ‘It was a joy to coach Lewis. Such a bright, talented young man. We’ll all miss his smile. But I don’t believe his spirit is gone.’

The school also wrote on Twitter: ‘You will forever live on in our hearts…Gator Nation stands strong with the Simpkims family tonight.’

Source: The AP

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