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8 players, assistant coach fall victim to heat during game

Eight players and one assistant coach were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion during the PRP-Doss football game on Aug 24. Eight players and one assistant coach were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion during the PRP-Doss football game on Aug 24.
The game PRP High School was called early due to heat. The game PRP High School was called early due to heat.
A player is loaded into an ambulance at PRP High School. A player is loaded into an ambulance at PRP High School.
Selena Archie, mother of a Doss High School football player Selena Archie, mother of a Doss High School football player

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Football players at a local high school had to tackle the extreme heat.

Several of them and a coach were rushed to the hospital Saturday during the PRP versus Doss High School game.

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JCPS confirms a total of eight players and an assistant coach had to be taken to the hospital because of the unrelenting heat. They were released the same day.

"It was almost like flies...They were just dropping," a parent described.

Some Doss High School parents were outraged the game wasn't called until the 4th quarter.

"The parents were hollering on the stands, you need to stop the game, you need to call it because the referees weren't doing it," another Doss mom, Selena Archie, said.

Archie's younger son watched the players fall ill and worried. He plays middle school football and suffers from asthma.

"He actually saw the first one go down and he said that it was scary seeing them struggle to breath like that," Archie said.

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There were other complaints of Doss players left without any water to drink.

"The coaches were like, 'Hey you guys, we need out water over here,'" a Doss player's mom said.

JCPS did say that Doss did run low on water but that they never ran out.

The players were taken inside by a team doctor and trainers. They had to wait for an ambulance to arrive.

JCPS explained ambulances have to be scheduled in advance. This game was rescheduled the night before. And district policy does not require schools have an ambulance present for games.

"If my son gets injured, there should be a vehicle out there for my child," the mom said.

JCPS says what happened is being reviewed.

"I didn't expect all of this either. I think it's crazy," Archie said.

JCPS said they monitored the temperature throughout the game. Saturday, the heat index reached 99 degrees. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association doesn't require games be called unless it reaches 104.

There was another report of a student at Ballard High School who had to be taken to the hospital because of the heat. He too was released the same day.

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