COPPELL — Coppell football coach Joe McBride is doing his best to help his kids deal with a tragic situation.
"I told them yesterday, our pain is going to be there until time gets to where it's healing a little better," he said.
Tuesday's practice was closed as the team reassembled on the field for the first time since Jacob Logan went missing after jumping into Possum Kingdom Lake on Saturday.
"It's the first one where you don't have 'J-Lo,' and so it was extremely difficult on the kids," McBride said. "They really responded well. It was a very focused and quiet moment."
Replacing Jacob seems like an impossible task right now, because he did so much for his team, which has won all six of its games so far this season.
"He such an integral part of what we do," McBride said." From special teams to offense, to defense... he ran the wildcat, slot, safety, punt returner, personal protector for punts... he was part of everything."
Jacob was the district newcomer of the year when he first started playing for the Cowboys three years ago. He had since become the team leader, or as his coach called him, the "Bell Cow."
"I told them yesterday in everything we do, we've just got to hear that bell," McBride said. "He was such a great teammate. He was such a great game player... just a model."
McBride told his kids to get all their potential out. "However many wins that is, I don't know... but reach your full potential and let's all model what he did," the coach said.
With Jacob on the field, the team got off to a perfect 6-0 start. Last Friday night, he was the first to score a touchdown in a game against Hebron. It was a short two-yard run that would be his last.
"He's going to be in our heart, and we're going to hurt," McBride said. "There are going to be times when we think about him and tear up, and we're going to have moments, but we want to move on with him. The kids saw a great mentor and example in Jacob Logan, and our kids know we need to honor him by living the way he did."
Friday night, the Cowboys travel to Flower Mound without Jacob, but he won't be far from their hearts.