Three Doss High School football players and an assistant coach were taken to a hospital Saturday with heat-related issues following the Dragons’ 28-6 loss at Pleasure Ridge Park, Doss athletic director Danny McCreedy said.
Doss coach Phillip Hawkins identified one of the players as senior Ramone Kelly and the assistant coach as Doc Butler.
Darnell Johnson, Kelly’s father, said his son was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon and was diagnosed with heat exhaustion.
The game was called with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter because of the heat. The game resumed at 11 a.m. Saturday after being postponed late in the first quarter Friday night because of rain and lightning.
“It got to a point where I was more concerned about the safety of players,” PRP coach Jason Hiser said. “You see guys going down on their sideline. We had a couple of guys cramping. … It got to where there were more things to worry about than the football game, and I don’t like that.”
Hawkins said there was a brief period during the game that no water was available on his team’s sideline. During one timeout, Doss players had to cross the field to get water from PRP’s sideline.
Tre Taylor’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Jefferson pulled the Dragons within 13-6 with 7:43 left in the third quarter, but PRP dominated the rest of the way.
Dru Duckworth connected with Malik Walker for a 94-yard touchdown pass and Duckworth’s two-point conversion run gave the Panthers a 21-6 lead with 4:20 left in the third quarter.
Duckworth’s 1-yard touchdown run made it 28-6 with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter.
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