Locust Grove football coach calls his player’s death ‘a tragedy’

Locust Grove High School football coach Clint Satterfield gave a brief statement to the AJC on Wednesday. Locust Grove offensive lineman Forrest Jones died on Tuesday after suffering from what doctors believed to be a heat stroke or heat exhaustion, according to the family. It happened after Jones participated in a voluntary workout last week.

It’s a tragedy. On behalf of the family and the Locust Grove football program, we would just like to thank everybody in the community and across the state for their prayers and blessings, and for keeping us in their thoughts. We want to dedicate this season to [Jones]. He was a model young man, a hard worker, and never gave us any problems at all. He was just a great kid. It’s a tragedy.

Satterfield politely declined to answer any questions, saying “I’m just not ready to do that right now.”

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SPC Terry Carter

August 3rd, 2011
3:51 pm

Sorry to hear this my Heart goes out to the Family,Friends,Team,School. Even if i personaly don’t know ya we are one Big team, one Big family, USA. May God Bless…


August 3rd, 2011
10:02 pm

What a terrible tragedy because of this mindless sport. Running these kids in this heat of over a hundred degrees…these are impressionable children their putting through this. These schools and coaches should be fully accountable for this.

Football Dad

August 4th, 2011
4:09 am

GHSA needs to open there eyes and realize this is the south and starting football this early is just stupid. We are in the South the hottest part of the country and for some reason the schools and youth programs all feel they have to start in the dead heat of summer. GHSA, what is it going to take one of your own children before you finally step in and take the action to move football start dates. Please someone tell me where it is written that we have to finish football before Christmas in High School.

I was on a football board for years and the entire time my son played I pushed for the season to not start until at least the third week of September but got shot down. Football is a cold weather sport and everyone is failing to realize this in the South. Even the northern states do not start until late September. The Youth programs are all determined they have to finish prior to Thanksgiving so they can have this now money making Turkey Bowls to play in. It seems to all be about the money no matter what. Forget the Turkey Bowls and play a Christmas Bowl the week before or after New Years. Get real and let’s start playing football at the time it is suppose to be played.

We are only hearing about these kids deaths in the South and that is just a shame.

The Truth

August 4th, 2011
6:49 am

I have a neighbor whose kid played football at Locust Grove High School.The “voluntary” workouts during the summer are voluntary if you don’t ever want to play during the season and from what I know,during the past 2 years the wet bulb reading has “never” exceeded the limit to not go outdoors.


August 4th, 2011
8:34 am

The Truth has no idea what the truth is. I know for a fact that over the past 2 years that practice has been cancelled or moved indoors on numerous occasions due to the wet bulb reading being too high. If you are going to make a comment about facts and not your opinion you should get your facts right

Concerned Parent

August 4th, 2011
9:01 am

It is a tragedy that this young man was taken from his family so early in life. To all the young athletes, please listen to your body, and hydrate yourselves continually, before, during and after, when participating in outdoors sports. God bless this family during this tragic time.

The Truth

August 4th, 2011
1:21 pm

During the season, yes the practices are moved indoors….the state requires that! I am talking about the “voluntary” workouts during the summer. Maybe “What” should read a little closer!!

Common Sense

August 4th, 2011
3:31 pm

Children exercising under the sun with 100+ temperatures, adults running under the sun with 100+ temperatures and thinking they are doing good for themselves and keeping healthy… Parents, relatives, friends, coaches: let’s all bring the common sense back!!!!!!

a player

August 4th, 2011
8:35 pm

The truth doesnt know what they are talkin about since the workouts where at 7 in the morning the last week practice was at 4 in the afternoon. that monday practice was just helments and you dont got to show if you dont want to. but you show up because you are part of a team and a team works together

The Real Truth

August 5th, 2011
8:24 am

The real truth is these kids don’t have to play football. Football is a VOLUNTARY sport. The kids play b/c they want to and b/c their parents allow them to. NOBODY is making them do anything. Yes this is a tragedy. But there are so many factors that come into play for situations like this. People need to get all the facts b4 they start trying to play the blame game in situations they know nothing about.

But what kills me today, is that 30 years ago people didn’t even have A/C like they do know. Its amazing that the whole southern population isn’t dead now they way people and kids worked and played in this same southern heat.