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A day after the body of Emanuel "Manny" Prewitt was recovered from Herrington Lake in Boyle County, there were still painfully mixed emotions for everyone associated with the Madison Central football program.

Sadness and solace.

Pain and closure.

"There's nothing that's going to take away the sorrow and the heartbreak," Central football coach Mark Scenters said. "There is a sense of relief now, though."

The 17-year-old went missing while swimming with a group of friends near Coffey's Cove Marina on June 10.

Rescue efforts quickly turned into a recovery mission.

For six anguishing days, search crews tried to locate the Central senior football player.

On Tuesday afternoon, Prewitt's body was found by a specialized submersible near the spot where he was last seen. He was caught in a tree about 75 feet down into the lake.

"The family is still in need of support and will be for a long time," Scenters said.

A crisis response team had been at Central earlier in the week for any students who need to speak with a counselor. It will be back on campus on Thursday.

"We've shown them that there are professional means available, if needed, and private means available if that's what is needed," Scenters said. "We are trying to keep our focus on the Prewitt family and our football family."

The Central football team was able to resume some limited workouts this week under new Kentucky High School Athletic Association guidelines.

The Indians did not have any organized activities planned for Wednesday prior to the discovery of Prewitt.

They will gather together once again on Thursday, though.

That will certainly be an emotional moment.

The 17-year-old was quiet, polite and reserved, according to those who knew him. He was known for his infectious smile and was loved by his teammates and many other students throughout the school.

As news of the discovery of the body started to spread Tuesday night, there was an overwhelming reaction on social media.

"(I) will forever love you man," Nathan Storie, a teammate of Prewitt posted on Twitter.

"Thank you God. You're finally coming on home. Forever my family. Love you bro," teammate Sam Arthur tweeted.

"Thank God you are coming home. Everything is for you. See ya again one day, brother," teammate Evan Dexter tweeted.

"I (will) love you forever, my brother," teammate Zach Holbrook posted on Twitter.

The official Twitter account for Madison Central High School Athletics posted: "Please continue to pray for this beautiful family. They need your help now more than ever."

Many of the social media posts about Prewitt featured the hashtags #mannystrong and #11.

Prewitt, who wore No. 11, played in all 11 games last season for the Indians. The defensive back had 28 tackles, which was tied for 10th on the team.

He played in six games in 2018 as Central won its first-ever regional championship.

Since his disappearance, there has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the Prewitt family -- his mother, Kelly, and older sister, Jessirea.

A GoFundMe page was set up last week. It exceeded its initial goal of $10,000 in less than 24 hours. By Wednesday afternoon, the fundraiser had raised more than $25,500 from 468 donors.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

Scenters said the football program will honor Prewitt in a very special way -- this season and for years to come.

"What we want to do is make sure we don't go too fast," said the coach. "We want to make sure that we work through each thing step-by-step in a respectful manner to the family. We want to give them a voice in what we want to do."

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