Stunned teammates mourn loss

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Former teammaters were “just stunned and shocked” on Wednesday after a rising senior at Charles Henderson High School lost his life in a car accident.

Ronnell Moore, 17, killed in a car wreck around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night just outside of Ramer on Montgomery County Road 1, according to CHHS head football coach Hugh Fountain.

Moore played for Fountain as a starting offensive and defensive lineman for two years.

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”It’s a tragic loss,” Fountain said. “I look at Ronnell as one of our team leaders. He had worked himself to the forefront as a leader on our team. He was an integral part of our team.”

When the news broke, the tragedy left Moore’s football family in shock.

“Not only did Charles Henderson lose an outstanding football player but also an amazing person,” said Corey Dennis who graduated from the high school this past May.

“He was a good friend and a hard worker – it’s just tragic. He loves the game of football, got along with everyone and really enjoyed everything he did.”

Dennis, along with the rest of the team, was informed about the heartbreaking news with a late-night phone call.

“Everyone is just stunned and shocked,” Dennis said.

“No one ever knows when their time is up. It’s one of those things that puts everything into perspective, in a tremendous way.”

The football team met several times throughout the course of Wednesday afternoon to discuss the loss of their friend and teammate.

“He was a great guy,” said raising senior Skylar Sexton. “He worked hard on everything he did – football is what he loved.

“We were like brothers; we were really close. We always played on the same side of the line and have always been roommates at (football) camps. This has been a pretty tough day for not just me but for everyone on the team.”

Both Moore and Sexton shared the offensive and defensive lines for the Trojans over the past two seasons.

“The last time I talked to him was (Tuesday night) at workouts,” he said.

“He was in a good mood and good spirits, like always. Everyone is really shocked right now.”

According to Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robyn Litchfield, a two-vehicle accident occurred on Montgomery County Road 1 on Tuesday night. Troopers would not release details of the accident on Wednesday.

“The thing I am going to miss the most about Ronnell was his enthusiasm for working to become a better person, a better man in everything he did,” Fountain said.

“This accident happened on such a sudden notice that it is going to be a real shocker to our community, our players and his family.”

Thomas Graning contributed to this article.