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Youth football team honors coach who passed away

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Jay Wood and his baby daughter. Jay Wood and his baby daughter.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- A youth football team pays their final respects to a coach who they said gave it all.  The Doss Dragons youth football team played their first game without Coach Jay Wood.
 
"Coach Jay" was tragically killed trying to assist victims in a crash on I-64 Eastbound on Monday.  Police said when he stopped to help he was hit by a semi, which appeared to be switching lanes to miss another crash nearby. 

Wood was laid to rest Friday. His middle school team dedicated their first home game at Doss to him on Saturday.  Players, cheerleaders, and parents wore black jerseys, arm bands, and "4 Jay" T-shirts.  A box designated for sympathy cards was filled with donations and condolence notes.

Fiancee Jessica Hayse fought back tears as she received a signed game ball.
 
"Jamaal Jay Wood was a hero. He will continue to be. It's just a sense of pride for me, I'm proud of him, proud of all the lives that he touched," said Hayse.  
 
His step-daughter Ashley Craft agrees, "He touched a lot of people, a lot of people looked up to him."

Those close to the coach said the best way to honor a teacher and mentor who lived for the game is to play the game well.  Coach Jack Reddington said, "This is what he loved to do."  
 
The Doss Dragons completed Saturday's game with a score of 32-0.

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