Two San Antonio High school football players have been suspended after they tackled a defenseless referee right before a run draw play.
It happened during the John Jay vs. Marble Falls game where two players took it upon themselves to retaliate against the ref after a couple of their teammates were ejected from the game for separate infractions.
Late in the game, the safety for John Jay HS tackled the ref who was seven yards from him. Their safety took a shoulder to the ref knocking him down. After that hit, another Joh Jay player lead with his helmet and hit the defenseless ref in his back while he was on the ground.
The Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) released an immediate statement on Sunday regarding the incident, they took to Twitter saying, “The UIL is extremely concerned about the actions portrayed in the football game between Marble Falls and San Antonio Jay. The League is working with the school districts and officials involved to conduct a thorough investigation. The UIL makes this matter very seriously and will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete.”
The players who made the hit on the ref were ejected and their team lost 15-9 against Marble Falls.
The Northside ISD athletic director Stan Laing said in a statement, “the video is very disturbing.”
The district is investigation the incident with the UIL, “The question of what instigated that is what we’re trying to figure out,” Laing said.
The Northside Independent School District held a news conference Tuesday and announced an assistant coach was suspended as a result of players apparently targeting a referee in the middle of a high school football game in San Antonio.
A Major development is that the secondary coach Mack Breed has been placed on administrative leave for saying to the players, “that guy needs to pay for cheating us,” referring to the ref. Breed coached the John Jay secondary, which included Moreno and Rojas. Head coach Gary Gutierrez was reportedly not aware of the alleged conversation between Breed and the players.
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