The Mississippi State and Pascagoula High School football teams are mourning after a crash that killed a current Mississippi State player and his father, a former Bulldogs linebacker.
Keith Joseph Jr. and Sr. were driving in a pickup Friday afternoon, heading to a game at the high school where both played.
The 18-year-old Joseph Jr. was redshirting this season as a freshman defensive lineman. His 44-year-old father played for Mississippi State from 1989 to 1992 and is 10th in school history in sacks.
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Pascagoula football coach Lewis Sims says his players learned of the deaths Friday night after their game. He says the Josephs had been a presence around the team, calling them ''phenomenal people.''
Funeral arrangements are pending. The No. 24 Bulldogs do not play this weekend.