LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's the type of loss that's not measured in points, yards, or tackles. It's the type of loss that's felt deep down in the heart, and it doesn't go away.
Friday night before the Lincoln County Patriots took the football field, they felt that loss when they learned Assistant Coach Michael "Mickey" Goodwin was killed in a crash.
"Of course, it was hard to focus, but we did it. He'd want us to do it," said Trevor Gaines, a senior on the Lincoln County football team. "It meant everything (to play). It was all dedicated to him, I got MVP and it was just straight for him."
Off the field, no one is thinking about football, but they are thinking about how this coach left his mark on the players and the community.
"He taught me a lot of things throughout football," said former player, Jeremy Cook, "I enjoyed our time together."
His dad, Scottie Cook, added, "I broke down and cried and my daughter said, 'Dad, we just gotta go on.'"
Sunday his family held a visitation at the Stanford Baptist Church, and there was a line around the church. The people there to pay their respects to Coach Goodwin and his family said he was a man who made people around him feel special.
"He was always just laughing and smiling," reflected Jeremy Cook.
"He was just a great guy all around," described Gaines.
While this loss is hard to take, the team will go on. After all, that's what their coach taught them to do.
"He always was talking about how to play hard, and we're just going to play hard every game and honor him," said Gaines.
Still the sidelines may feel a little empty on Friday nights, but Coach Goodwin will still be there in the hearts and minds of his team.
The funeral for Goodwin will be Monday at the Stanford Baptist Church.