Hartsville High Plays 1st Game Since Player's Death

12:48 AM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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Manning, SC (WLTX) - Two days ago the city of Hartsville paused as they remembered the life of one of their own: Hartsville linemen Ronald Rouse, who died playing the sport he loved.

"Everything, I can't just choose one thing I miss everything about him," said Marilyn Smith.

Friday, one week since he died, the team and the school had to play under the lights without him.

"He was a very sweet person," said Madeline Smith.

Twin sisters Marilyn and Madeline Smith were friends of Rouse. They say he was friends with everyone and they are still dealing with the fact that he is gone.

"We took it really hard Monday and we all cried at some point but we have all gotten closer as a school and he has brought us all together," said Marilyn.

The Red Foxes played on the road against Manning High School but by the look of the crowd the Hartsville players felt like they were at home.

Manning honored Rouse with a moment of silence, ribbons and put his initials on the field.

"He always had to hug someone, he was very outgoing.  He gave the best hugs in the world, he really did," said Madeline.

With the team being undefeated, students say Rouse's death will be even more motivation to make it to the state championship.

"They are going to try their best for him because he can't be here but he is watching over them"

As those who knew him and strangers show their support, the Smith sisters say he may be gone.. but never forgotten.

"We just love him and miss him every day," said Marilyn.







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