SC high school football player dies during evening practice

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IRMO, S.C. (AP) — A 17-year-old football player on a five-time reigning South Carolina championship team has died after collapsing at an evening football practice.

Jack Alkhatib died at a hospital shortly after being stricken at Dutch Fork High School’s practice, Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine how Alkhatib died, Rutherford said.


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The high school did not release any details on what happened to Alkhatib. The football team’s Instagram page said practice Tuesday was moved to 7 p.m. because of heat.

Alkhatib was a two-year starter on the offensive line for Dutch Fork, which has won the 5A state title five years in a row and has a 51-game unbeaten streak.

Dutch Fork canceled practice Wednesday after Alkhatib’s death.

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