Sunday, September 06, 2015

Two Texas high school football players target referee during game

The Northside ISD and University Interscholastic League have launched an investigating after two San Antonio Jay football players targeted a referee during a Friday night game in Marble Falls, Texas.

Both players were ejected from the game.

Northside ISD athletic director Stan Laing called the video “very disturbing.”

“The question of what instigated that is what we’re trying to figure out,” Laing said.

In the video below, a SA Jay defensive back can be seen running from 7 yards away into the back of an official. After the referee fell to the turf, another SA Jay player came from several yards away, led with his helmet, and dove into the official as he lay on the field.

“I’ve coached 14 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Marble Falls coach Matt Green said.

"The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again," Wayne Elliott, Austin Football Officials Association secretary, said.

"This incident is extremely disturbing, not the sportsman like behavior we teach students at Northside ISD. We are cooperating with the UIL investigation. We will handle this incident on Tuesday morning and schedule a due process hearing which will include formal interviews with coaching staffing , the students themselves and other athletes, anyone who has knowledge of whatever was seen.

"The bottom line is, Northside will not tolerate this type of behavior. It does appear the athletes intentionally tackled the referee, but we have not confirmed it," NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzales said in a statement to Pundit Press.

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