GHSA investigating ’shoving match’ after football scrimmage between Fitzgerald and defending Class A champion Wilcox County

The Georgia High School Association is investigating a “shoving match” after Friday’s football scrimmage between Fitzgerald and defending Class A champion Wilcox County.

“As I understand it, it was basically a huge shoving match that involved both teams, people out of the stands and those kinds of things,” GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told the AJC on Monday evening.

“It was a post-game situation, and several people have suggested that it wasn’t as bad as all the bad rumors we’ve heard about it. We’re going to wait until we get the written reports from both schools before we sort it all out.”

Swearngin said he expects reports by Wednesday, and says it is unlikely that any possible penalties would involve suspensions — unless it was proven that a player or coach tried to intentionally harm someone else.

“There would be no sit-out penalties because it was a practice game or scrimmage, and not an actual game,” Swearngin said. “So we would have to look and see if there were any violations where the schools would be fined. It’s way too early to see what penalties would be in place because I don’t know what went on.”

Swearngin said the investigation would be completely based on written reports. “As far as we know, there was no film of the whole situation.”

Another contributing factor to the incident, Swearngin suggested, is that the scrimmage was a “rivalry” between two schools located 22 miles apart that have had enjoyed lots of success in recent years.

Last season, Fitzgerald coach Robby Pruitt led the Purple Hurricanes to a 13-1 record, with the only loss in the Class AA semifinals, the eventual champ Buford. Meanwhile, Wilcox County, under coach Mark Ledford, was 13-2 and won the Class A championship. The Patriots are the favorites to repeat as champs, led by All-State quarterback Nick Marshall, who has committed to UGA.

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59 comments Add your comment

Historian

August 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

Lots of chatter about this on the GAVSV.

Some Sense

August 16th, 2010
7:09 pm

I guess they’re still “investigating” Lowndes after probably the most shameful incident in the history of high school football two seasons ago at Grayson.

Why is Lowndes still playing in the GHSA???

Lowndes, to their credit, “hits you” for keeps. But when the Grayson boys wouldn’t back down, the Lowndes players resorted to the only solution they knew…fighting.

The Lowndes coach wears a whistle around his neck during games. What do you suppose that represents? Calling the dogs maybe?

GAC fan

August 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

I’m sure it’s unrelated (wink, wink) … but don’t forget that Nick Marshall was ejected from the basketball playoffs for throwing a flagrant elbow at one of our players in the final minutes of the whipping. The whole Wilcox team lost composure. But surely it’s unrelated.

H.S. Coach

August 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

Some Sense, would you give it a rest already. It’s been two years and you are starting to sound like a broken record. I saw exactly what you’re talking about but it’s time to give it up.

ty

August 16th, 2010
7:47 pm

Why would you want to judge something that happened 250 miles away and you certainly were not present? Just go ahead and trash someone without any evidence. You have no clue what went on.

Lee

August 16th, 2010
8:12 pm

Who cares? Let ‘em fight if they want to. That why the youth of today are wimps! That’s why the USMC has to issue stress cards to its recruits. In my day we’d have fought it out and let it go. Too much regulation in High School, College and pro sports.

McDribble

August 16th, 2010
8:47 pm

Thats wat happens when u get a bunch of necks together from Irwin and Wilcox..

Devildog

August 16th, 2010
8:50 pm

Lee, the USMC doesn’t issue “stress cards.” Write about something you know something about.

Class A

August 16th, 2010
9:40 pm

To GAC Fan: WHat game are you talking about? GAC Is in Class AA and Wilcox Co is in A. If you are referring to the Semi final game that Nick Marshall fouled out, and was not ejected, get your facts straight. I was there and saw it first hand. THey did lose composure but that was due to lack of fundemental coaching. Dont spread false stories about these kids.

Mike L.

August 16th, 2010
9:53 pm

If Mark Richt or Greg McGarrity were able to see the film that is in the possession of the Fitzgerald coaching staff, the scholarship offer to Marshall would be rescinded quickly. The video clearly shows Marshall punching several people after the game. He is also standing in the area and thought to be one of the Wilcox players that hit the head coach of Fitzgerald. As a fan of UGA, I certainly do not want this bad attitude and awful mouthed kid representing the university. During the game MArshall throws several cheap shots and constantly runs his mouth to the opposing players and fans, He has so much ability to care so little about what people think. I personally do not think the university would admit him based on this repeated behavior through out his teen years. It was reported that he stole cell phones a few years back and not much was done. Earlier this year, he was suspended due to a fight with a girl and then a boy later the same day. The people from Wilcox will dispute this but they are the same ones who are responsible for his awful behavior as they has turned the other cheek too many times. They coddle him and never criticise what he does. It is a shame as he will throw away a great opportunity.

pat86

August 16th, 2010
10:07 pm

mike L. you keep making comments against nck..you never have evidence about what you say..if i am not mistakin that is slander what you have been posting..and i want you to prove it was nick..yall keep saying it was #14 but he ddint have his jersey on and yall keep talking bout the helmet, which was in his shoulder pads with his jersey..

give him a bone

August 16th, 2010
10:20 pm

Mike L…If there is a film GHSA would like to have it. But I know the Coach and Principal and I don’t believe a word you said. These are people with high morals and Character.
Coach Richt also knows what he is doing…give it a rest. I’ll pray for you.
Coach Pruitt is also first class.

ty

August 16th, 2010
10:28 pm

McDribble, Fitzgerald is not in Irwin County… You might as well have said Auburn instead of Alabama. That is an unforgivable mistake in that area.

get the facts first

August 16th, 2010
11:13 pm

There is tape– and it is clearly Wilcox players and coach

Ramon

August 16th, 2010
11:20 pm

Since Nick was anouced the best QB in Ga…you punks( Red-Necks) have questioned his character! If it were a different skin colored individual (other than brown), these questions would not have arrived!! Stop the hate!! This is a kid, with room to grow!! If he were at a class AAAAA school, he would still be the number #1 QB in Ga. Stop hating on class A talent!!! It’s allgood!! Champ Bailey!! Charles Grant!! Charles Johnson!!! Garrison Hearst!! Alfred Rawls!!! Herschel Walker!! Recognize Fools!!!

bluegrass dog

August 16th, 2010
11:25 pm

Michael Carvell

August 17th, 2010
12:01 am

@get the facts, if there is film then I wish someone would post it on YouTube and send me a link. I heard there was no film.

Pope UGA XXIII

August 17th, 2010
12:01 am

Wilcox County didn’t play GACS in the state basketball tourney
last year as Class A pointed out.
Maybe you’re thinking about a kid from Laney in Augusta, as I did
see that happen.
In the meantime, I would be concerned about GACS putting a decent
football team on the field after the disaster of the last 2 seasons !!

Wilcox 17

August 17th, 2010
12:05 am

Dont go pointing fingers at the players. Coach Led is the problem. He’s the most arrogant person youll ever be around. The players only follow what they see. Have you ever seen him on the sidelines during a game? The dude is out of control. He acts like just because he won a ring he owns the whole county.

fitzfan

August 17th, 2010
12:27 am

@ Ramon
Nick wasn’t even the best QB in the game that night. Might have been the best running QB but but nowhere near the best overall QB. Kaleb Nobles has that honor.

Ramon

August 17th, 2010
1:05 am

@fitzfan…it’s all about the numbers…..who passed for the most yards? You’re comparing apple’s to oranges….Nick( Doug Williams)……Kaleb ( Ryan Leaf)…LMAO!!

fitzfan

August 17th, 2010
1:21 am

LMAO? What are you, a 13 year old girl? So you legitimately think that if somebody throws for more yards they’re obviously the better QB. You’ve shown your stupidity right there. Who compared your QB to doug williams and ours to ryan leaf? Colleges wouldn’t let him sit back 8 yards before the snap and then run around and throw. That’s only High School crap that can fly against some teams (obviously not a AA team). The kid couldn’t make a read if his life depended on it. Here is my comparison on the QB’s (just my opinion). Athleticism-Nick. Accuracy-Kaleb. Arm Strength-Even. Making Reads-Kaleb. Speed of release- Kaleb. I guarantee you that you could show both of their films to many college coaches and all would agree that Kaleb would be the better QB in college. Face it that your boy is a system QB with a strong arm. Plenty of people have strong arms and don’t play college QB because there is so much more needed.

Ramon

August 17th, 2010
1:49 am

You must be a 12 yr. old girly/boy…’cause you don’t know the game….If your boy was such an accurate passer..with a strong arm…why are you runnin” a Wing-T Offense!!!! I’ve never seen a strong and accurate QB in the Wing -T Offense… Win A Championship…then talk crap to me.

CamdenFan

August 17th, 2010
2:25 am

@ Ramon
Go check out Camden County High School if you are looking for a strong armed and accurate QB that runs the Wing T.

fitz. fan

August 17th, 2010
8:43 am

I was at the fitzgerald vs. wilcox game and the quaterback from wilcox county hit coach pruitt(fitzgerald’s coach)and thats what started the whole fight

bobcat83

August 17th, 2010
8:44 am

To Pat86, There’s evidence all throughout Wilcox’s region, from the past few years, that they can’t behave. We’ve witnessed it for years, now the Atlanta people are seeing it for the first time.

bobcat83

August 17th, 2010
8:52 am

GHSA has set a standard of not doing anything in the past.

give him a bone

August 17th, 2010
9:19 am

U can’t see nothing on the WALB video.
fitz fan…if what u say is true… someone is in trouble.

Mike

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

If the only film out there is the one shown on WALB, then it is not gonna prove anything. You can see very little from that video. Not saying that things did not happen as many say, but there is not gonna be any proof unless there is more video evidence than this.

Viking 68

August 17th, 2010
9:38 am

some sense. Man you have to get a life, still talking about an incident that happened over two years ago, Have you heard that times heals all wounds. Well perhaps you haven’t sooooooo just get over it or die mad,,,,,,,better yet just stay (stuck on stupid)

get the facts first

August 17th, 2010
9:59 am

There is other tape– and it is very clear.

Will

August 17th, 2010
9:59 am

There was also a big shoving match after the Cook- Lanier game last Friday night. It was ugly and embarrassing to see.

ArrogantFitzgerald

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

If Caleb is so good, I guess he has offers flying in???LMAO Kid’s not bad, but he’s not top teir talent.He’s 5′9″. Fitz is just pissy cause they’ve never had the talent of a kid like Marshall. Fitz showed real class when Marshall didnt get up from a hit(cramp) by all the fans letting out a 20 sec. cheer! Real classy guys. Its all blown out of proportion, nothing was handled correctly, by law,coaches, players, fans, etc. Now let the season begin, good luck to both teams!

St. Richt

August 17th, 2010
10:18 am

Sorry, can’t help but laugh at the suggestion that Mark Richt will rescind the scholly offer if he sees tape of Nick Marshall punching someone. Thats not even a one game suspension for the Arkansas State game in Richt’s eyes, maybe one half of some cupcake game at most. You Georgia fans never cease to amaze me- you really, truly believe that your coach is holier than thou. But his stints at FSU and Georgia so far have proved very much otherwise. Thanks for the laugh.

pat86

August 17th, 2010
10:32 am

Bobcat I know ur not talking specially if you are from dooly..that’s all yall do..yall play dirty and act the same way in everyday life..but fitz fans want to point fingers at one player..let’s talk about their 8 players that jumped one of wilcox and was beating with their helmets and kicking him…or the players from fitz making terroristic threat to our players..and they have the players from fitz numbers that was involved..but they don’t want to get any kids in trouble b/c everybody was in the wrong..but fitz coaches want to single out people to make wilcox look bad..you tell me who is the more classy team

AP

August 17th, 2010
10:41 am

I’m sure much more video will appear….everyone has a cell phone some phones shoot video.

Rivalry?

August 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Rivalry? According to Ralph Swearngin this was a rivalry game? According to the football historians website these schools have not played football against each other (at least since 1948). How is this a rivalry?

Ace

August 17th, 2010
11:37 am

Sounds like a good fit for UGA.

JED

August 17th, 2010
12:25 pm

WHO WON THE GAME

MIKE JONES (FItz guy)

August 17th, 2010
3:10 pm

WIlcox just crying…. tHe guy is right about the qb gaming…..

Top Dawg

August 17th, 2010
3:26 pm

What about the fight between Hart Co. and Madison Co. last Friday?

Gene Sherry

August 17th, 2010
4:30 pm

I’m an official in the Statesboro area. I’ve been over in that Fitzgerald/Wilcox regionarea before. Unfortunately I am barred from officiating over there anymore. Kind of messed up a couple of games. I really got raked over the coals and after my evaluation by my supervisor, I realized I blew it. But looking at this tape, it looks rough. Something must be done. Surely Nick Marshall didn’t hit one of the Fitz coaches. Definitely glad I wasn’t officiating this game. I would have been scared for my life!

canes fan

August 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

wilcox scary butt started it they should be serve punish boo
wilcox they just mad they lost and they started with us and swung and hit one of our players then wilcox coaches start cussing and talking trash to our coach and push him and that how it started

canes fan

August 17th, 2010
5:09 pm

yo wilcox aint even good only thing good bout them is the qb
he the only thing gud bout them
so wilcoz stop being baby cuz it dont matter it over fitzgerald won yall lost and yall trying to start a fight and you lost that too.
yall just trippin you all need to chill and tell the world yall lost!!!!!!!!!!!!

canes fan

August 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

wilcox fusser where are u find cuz yall know yall guilty

canes fan

August 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

yall hinding cus yall know yall guilty

pat86

August 17th, 2010
5:29 pm

canes fan you cant even make any sense. Try to make sense on your next post. And according to 2 ben hill deputies and probation officer from fitz and a wilcox deputy all had the same story it was nothing like that. And all 4 of the were right there amongst it as it started

Wanting to know?

August 17th, 2010
8:34 pm

What will WILCOX do if they lose thier mighty QB? What they gonna do next year??

Yellow Fuzz

August 17th, 2010
8:40 pm

How2fish
August 17th, 2010
11:09 am
“Yellow Fuzz ………………IOWA !”

They are currently ranked 5th and were 9th last year when they beat us by 10 points in the BCS Orange Bowl.

Where are you ranked?

hahahahahaha.

Pick on someone your own size little man.

x-coach

August 17th, 2010
11:21 pm

GHSA will do nothing …bet on it.