Carole Jean Carey (Superintendent): "This week has been a whirlwind."
That's how Superintendent Carey describes Homecoming week for Warren County High School.
Carole Jean Carey (Superintendent):"It's been a real good week, the coach has been on our mind, he's checked in and visited with the players, and we hope that we will see him tonight if he's able."
It's the first game since head football coach David Daniel was seriously injured while trying to break up a fight after last Friday night's game in Sparta. Students and staff members tell me coach Daniel has been preparing for the big homecoming game but there are questions about whether he'll be able to attend.
Cory McGinnis (CMcGinnis@wjbf.com): Superintendent Carey tells me if Coach Daniel does attend tonights game, he'll be sitting up there in the press box.
Principal Preston of Warren County high school says despite what happened, the team is still moving forward.
Principal Kaveous Preston: "Last night at the pep rally, we called out to the football team and the football team came down, and they did a little chant and they said hold on guys, wait a minute, there was people in the stands, the team said we're going to pray, we're going to pray for Coach Daniel, and a silence came all over the gym and everybody stopped and prayed for coach Daniel, those are the kind of kids we have."
And it seems like community members feel the same way, yet remain concerned about school security.
Lilly Harris (Warren County): "Hopefully, at this game you can just move on and hopefully justice will be done, but I hope the game tonight will go smoothly, and everybody has a good time.
Carole Jean Carey (Superintendent): "we'll be assigning officers to each team, and officers at the gates of course and officers in the crowd."
(Cory McGinnis) Are they going to win tonight, (Principal Preston) Absolutely, absolutely, they’re going to win tonight!
Warren County Head Coach David Daniel has released a statement just a few days after he was attacked during a brawl after his team's game last week against Hancock Central.
Daniel was hit in the face by a helmet during that fight, and spent some time in the hospital.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office wants the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to handle the investigation, but the GBI can't step in unless it's asked by Hancock County.
So far, that has not happened.
Daniel released a statement Wednesday afternoon. Read the statement below:
"To the Warren County Family, the support and concern for me and my family has been overwhelming. It is my hope that you will continue that you will continue to help our football team to focus on being competitive with our upcoming football games. Additionally, with everyone 's support our team will continue their hard work ethic along with exhibiting good sportsmanship. Go Warren County and let's have a great homecoming."
Daniel returned to practice Wednesday with his team six days after being seriously injured while attempting to break up a postgame fight.
A viewer at practice tells us Daniel was able to visit with players while sitting in his car. The viewer says Coach Daniel hopes to sit in the press box for Friday night's homecoming game.
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