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Salem Wildcats mourn the loss of a football player

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STATE WIDE (WLBT)- A small town in Walthall County is grieving after a tragic car accident claimed the life of one of their football players.

Sixteen-year-old Jonathan James, a player for the Salem Wildcats, died Thursday afternoon after leaving football practice. Authorities say James was speeding along a curvy Walthall County road when he lost control of his car and hit another vehicle.

Three other players were in the car. Two were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries and the other was uninjured.

Head coach Perry Coggin says the accident shook the whole community up and he contemplated postponing Friday's homecoming game. But after talking to his team, they decided Jonathan would have wanted them to play.

"We must somehow pick up our foot and take another step. Primarily because that's what Jonathan would have wanted. That is what Jonathan would have done. We are going to come together as one team and try to do this for him. You know this what he would want if he was still alive", Coggin says.

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