UGA recruit Nick Marshall allegedly cheered by opposing fans after injury, more on football brawl
When you win the state championship in football, you put a big target on your back for the following season.
Wilcox County’s rapid rise to one of the Georgia’s most successful Class A football programs likely contributed to intense emotions leading up the post-scrimmage brawl with Fitzgerald last week. The GHSA handed down penalties for schools with $250 fines, a ban from any scrimmages before the 2011 season, and “Severe Warning Status” probation for the remainder of this season. [Click here for the rest of the story]
Here are some of the statements by Wilcox County principal Chad Davis to the GHSA about the confrontation, obtained through an FOI request:
Fitzgerald principal Randy Garrett also submitted a written statement to the GHSA. He talked about words were exchanged between the two head coaches after the scrimmage about the “issue of the perceived running up the score.” Ledford was said to be using extreme profanity, while Fitzgerald coach Robby Pruitt responded with an obscene word. Here are other parts of the statement:
- “Some FHS coaches were involved in separating opposing players. In doing so, two of them were struck by Wilcox County players. One, Coach Priutt was struck with a helmet in the back.”
- “An FHS player reported that he had his helmet ripped off and fell to the ground where another Wilcox player kicked and stomped on him. Another Wilcox player circled the crowd sucker punching anyone he could and then retreating. He did this at least twice.”
- “Again, I will say that no evidence was presented that an FHS player was the aggressor. Some players were heard to use some words that were inappropriate. They were dealt with accordingly. Coach Pruitt used a poor choice of words and he also was dealt with in an appropriate manner.”
- Fitzgerald concerns included “Comments attributed to Coach Ledford in the Cordele Dispatch that have been proven false regarding vandalism of autos from Wilcox County as the game.”
- Fitzgerald has also changed post-game procedures, such as “No one will be allowed on the field after the game. This include parents. FHS will move its traditional post-game prayer with parents and fans to the fieldhouse courtyard only after all players have left the playing field.”
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