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Funeral Arrangements Set For Lowndes High School Football Player

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - July 02, 2012 -

The visitation is Monday for a Lowndes High School football player.

17-year old Jacob McCook died from injuries he sustained in a car accident. He died Thursday June 28th after five days at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The Georgia State Patrol says McCook fell from the back of a pickup truck June 23rd and suffered head trauma. Jacob was a senior at Lowndes High School and an offensive lineman on the football team.

Visitation is Monday from 4pm to 7pm at Carson McClane Funeral Home in Valdosta.

His funeral service is Tuesday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta at 11am.

A fund has been established in his name at First Federal Savings and Loan to help the family with medical expenses.

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- Valdosta, Ga. - June 28,2012 -

Coaches are reflecting on the tragic death of a local high school football player who died from injuries resulting from a car accident.

By all accounts Jacob McCook was a rising star. He played Offensive Line for the Lowndes Vikings. And his coaches tell Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that he was one of the hardest working players on the team.

"He was just a great kid. He was one of those kids that just wanted to get better. He does everything you tell him to do. And on the football field he was a hard worker," said Terry Quinn, Assistant Head Football Coach for the Lowndes Vikings.

"He's a great athlete. Great teammate. A great brother to his teammates and he's really going to be missed," said Kip Burdett, Lowndes Assistant Coach.

17-year old Jacob McCook spent his final five days fighting for his life. But he died Thursday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The Georgia State Patrol says McCook fell out of a pickup truck in Lake Park Saturday. He was riding in the back and was knocked off by some loose cargo. McCook suffered fatal head trauma.

"Our kids have gone through a lot of grief the past few months," said Coach Burdette.

This is the third death related to Lowndes athletics this off-season. Former Offensive Lineman Ed Christian was shot and killed in Auburn, Alabama on June 9th. During basketball season, the team's manager Dominque Crenshaw died after a long fight with cancer.

"So it's going to tear us down and it's going to take time to build this team back up. But I know Jacob is just looking down on us. He wants the best for us. And he wants for us to go out and compete and try to win," said Coach Quinn.

Funeral arrangements are still in progress. WCTV will make that information available when it is released.

Head Coach Randy McPherson wanted to take part in this report but he is out of town. He told Gullberg over the phone that he thought Jacob was always a "Great player and a great Christian."

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Valdosta, Georgia - June 28,2012

A Lowndes High School football player has died from injuries in vehicle accident.

Carson Mclane Funeral Home in Valdosta confirmed that 17 year old Jacob McCook died earlier today.

The Georgia State Patrol says Jacob suffered head trauma when he fell off the back of a pickup truck on Saturday. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Jacob was a rising senior at Lowndes High. He was an offensive lineman on the school’s football team.


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