CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Monday is the official start of high school football practice across the state. One local team is beginning its season differently because one of the team's captains, died on Friday.
Before Clinton Central players stepped on the field Monday night, they honored their teammate Jaden Quick.
Coach Justin Gardiner said it's a void he's not sure will ever be filled, but he's certain the name Jaden Quick is one that won't be easy to forget.
As News 18 previously reported, the Boone County Sheriff's Office said Quick was driving north when he failed to stop at a stop sign.
Police said he struck the driver's side of a flat bed tow truck, which was carrying a car from a previous accident and both vehicles went off the road.
He was flown to Saint Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis where he died on Friday. Quick was going to be a senior at Clinton Central where he was a member of the football and baseball team.
Coach Gardiner said Quick's death is still shocking.
"Sunday night he's texting me questions about the film and all that stuff and then the next day he's in that wreck and I mean it's unbelievable how quick that stuff can happen," said Gardiner.
Gardiner knows he won't be handing the number three jersey to team captain Jaden Quick this year.
"It happens a couple days before we start you know you kind of look around and go well what do we do," said Gardiner.
The football field isn't the only place Quick was well-known, principal Al Remaly said he was pretty popular everywhere.
"He would come up and sit with me on the stage at lunchtime, ask me questions just a great kid that everybody liked, hardworking a little bit ornery at times but he was just one of those that you hope your son would grow up to be like," said Remaly.
Coach Gardiner said drive and attitude like Quick's are rare to find.
"Everybody looked up to him and listened to him because they knew that he was always well prepared," said Gardiner.
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