Hartsville High prepares for football player's funeral

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington shows his Ronald Rouse wristband. He donated 500 of them to Hartsville High.

At 4 p.m. today, the Hartsville community will gather at Hartsville High School to remember the life of Ronald Rouse, the football player who died during Friday night's game due to complications from an enlarged heart.

Students are selling "Rouse bands," red wristbands, and t-shirts honoring Rouse to raise money to help the family with funeral expenses.

The school is also retiring Rouse's #74 football jersey, but not the #74. It is school practice not to retire a player's number. Rouse's jersey will be framed and hung in a place of honor at the school, according to Audrey Childers, the spokesperson for the Darlington County School District.

To honor Rouse at Friday night's game, his teammates will be wearing helmet stickers with Rouse's #74 on them as well as white undershirts with a design honoring Rouse under their jerseys.

The coach of Hartsville High's Red Foxes, Jeff Calabrese, has yet to speak publicly about Rouse's death. Childers says she will release a statement from him after the funeral.

We will bring you coverage of today's funeral for Ronald Rouse here on and tonight on NewsChannel 15 at 6, 7, and 11.

Watch a tribute to Rouse by WPDE Sports Director Rich Chrampanis

Watch video of the Loris Lions dedicating their game ball to Rouse and the Red Foxes

Watch raw video of an interview with one of Rouse's teammates