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Bibb Co. coach says losing 16-year-old player like a punch in the gut

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Desmine Phillips (Photo: The family of Desmine Phillips) Desmine Phillips (Photo: The family of Desmine Phillips)

The Bibb County High School community is reeling after a junior football player was killed in a car wreck Friday.

State troopers say Desmine Jacquari Phillips lost control of his vehicle and hit another vehicle head on.

Monday, his football coach, Mike McCombs, speaks out about the pain of losing his sixth player in 13 years and about the positive impact Phillips made in school and on the field.

"I have a great sense of loss right now," McCombs said. "You always tell your parents that you're going to coach the players like their own."

Phillips, better known as "Cory," died less than a mile from his home. Phillips was a standout football and basketball players.

The moment McCombs heard the news about the wreck, he along with several players, rushed to be by Phillips' side.

McCombs says Phillips knew exactly what to do to keep a smile on everyone's faces in the locker room.

"He had a sweet spirit about him...he was the type of guy that never got upset. You know, even to the point where it even made coach made a little bit sometimes," McCombs said.

Despite the loss, McCombs says this is what he'll have to hold onto.

"When the mourning process is over, and it will be over at some point, we'll be left with a great memory of this guy who has that big smile in the locker room, and the great family member, the great teammate and the guy that everyone in school loved," he said.

Phillips' funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the River of Life Church in Centreville.

Please join us for FOX6 News at 10 to hear more from McCombs.

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