Warren County forfeits to avoid playing Hancock Central in wake of October brawl

Warren County’s boys basketball team forfeited its Region 7-A tournament game scheduled for Wednesday against Hancock Central because of concerns over violence that broke out when the schools met in football in October.

The basketball tournament is a qualifier for the state tournament, so the forfeit ended Warren County’s season.

“This is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions we have ever made,” Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey told the Augusta Chronicle.

It is possible that the girls teams from Hancock Central and Warren County could meet. on Friday. Carey told the Augusta Chronicle that Warren County would forfeit that game if the two were scheduled to play.

On Oct. 14, Warren County defeated Hancock Central 21-2 in football on Hancock’s home field in Sparta. After the game, Warren County head coach David Daniel was hospitalized for blows to his head from a Hancock player, witnesses said. He required multiple surgeries to insert metal plates in his skull and suffered eye-socket damage.

On Jan. 25, a Hancock County grand jury returned no indictements. A Hancock Central player who admitted that he hit Daniel said that the coach hit him first. Daniel has denied that allegation.

The Georgia High School Association approved an appeal by Warren County not to compete in the same subregion as Hancock Central beginning in 2012-13 so that the two schools don’t have to schedule each other in sports.

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The Alchemist

February 14th, 2012
8:24 pm

Bravo to Warren County for their decision.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 14th, 2012
11:38 pm

The Football team should have to forfeit the whole season next year. There should been a few players doing jail time too.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 14th, 2012
11:43 pm

Warren county stand up to the bullies. Your school didn’t do anything wrong. Hanc..ck should be the ones forfeiting.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 15th, 2012
12:19 am

Take Baseball bats and beat the Hanc..k Team just like they did to the Warren County coach. Don’t worry the police will not do anything.

misterwax

February 15th, 2012
5:53 am

Sounds to me more like the Zulus vs. the Tutzis….just your basic civilized tribes mixing it up in the South African bush country….

TommyP

February 15th, 2012
6:07 am

Terrible decision by the AD. You’re penalizing the basketball players for something they had no part in.

Play the game in an empty gym.

jvillebil

February 15th, 2012
7:35 am

I agree TommyP. I heard of another school in another state doing that several years ago.

To Tell the Truth

February 15th, 2012
7:41 am

Again, get the HOOD out of the schools and you don’t have these kind of issues!!!

bob

February 15th, 2012
8:08 am

You beat me to it, Tommy. Play the game with absolutely no spectators. Sad for the players and coaches who worked hard all year.

matt

February 15th, 2012
8:24 am

I can’t believe no indictments were handed out. I can’t believe they didn’t just sell tickets to family members or hire some extra security for the game. As a coach I would be transfering schools. I’m not putting up with crap like that.

bucket

February 15th, 2012
8:48 am

bucket

February 15th, 2012
8:53 am

The administrators needed to make a statement after finding no justice in the courst system, but they should have had a better plan than forfeiting the game. They are awarding the county that perpetrated the travesty and punishing their own basketball team in my opinion.

bucket

February 15th, 2012
8:55 am

@ Todd – Dang the filters were tight on this topic. I have no clue what I was typing that was kicking my posts out, but I had to reword my comment 4 times!

SWD FAN

February 15th, 2012
9:00 am

Breaking News……….Buck Godgrey and his staff will not be back for 2012 season.

SWD FAN

February 15th, 2012
9:01 am

correction “Godfrey”

collegebound

February 15th, 2012
9:07 am

And we act surprised when some of these players go off to college and have problems violating the school’s rules of conduct and are suspended or arrested for criminal behavior.

Tommy

February 15th, 2012
9:22 am

I think all Georgia high schools should suspend all sports for 2 or 3 years and get back to their roots of education.Before you think this is crazy,just sit back for a while and think about it.Saves money and educates the students that actually want an education and/or profession.

garyc

February 15th, 2012
9:26 am

This just shows you how sorry our state school system is.I guess a players word means more than a Coaches word.I smell a rat.

afan

February 15th, 2012
9:52 am

Three times..my remarks have not been posted..nothing bad was said. AJC filter and what ever needs up date.

afan

February 15th, 2012
9:53 am

look at that..ajc is a joke

Paul

February 15th, 2012
10:26 am

Gotta love the t hugs! They are the best at ruining everything. See: HS Football, Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Atlantic Station, the country, etc.

Larry

February 15th, 2012
11:16 am

There is no discipline in schools anymore. The PC crowd has totally taken away the ability of teachers and principals to discilpine kids and parents don’t or can’t discipline at home. And you wonder why we have the youth problems today ! By the way Paul, I don’t go downtown Atlanta for anything. I want to live.

tardawg

February 15th, 2012
11:18 am

Kudos to Warren but GHSA should step in a find a neutral site for teams to play and no attendance that’s how we settled a situation here once in NC.

Disgusted

February 15th, 2012
12:03 pm

“And we act surprised when some of these players go off to college and have problems violating the school’s rules of conduct and are suspended or arrested for criminal behavior.”

Disgusted

February 15th, 2012
12:04 pm

“And we act surprised when some of these players go off to college and have problems violating the school’s rules of conduct and are suspended or arrested for criminal behavior.”

collegebound–Just how true it is…

Sorry for the couble clicking

Drago

February 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

Forfeiting the game shows a lack of vision on the part of the administrators. The game should be played, in an empty gym if necessary, with a ton of security. Not playing the game only proves that a small group of miscreants can control the situation and the outcome. This will only add fuel to the fire and will be problematic down the road.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

February 15th, 2012
12:27 pm

THE GHSA SAT BACK AND TOOK NO ACTION IN THIS SITUATION, WHICH DISAPPOINTS EVERYONE WHO COACHES OR PLAYS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS…THIS GUY GOT AWAY WITH BASHING A COACHES HEAD IN, AND THE GHSA NEVER SUSPENDED ANYONE INVOLVED IN THIS MELEE…..SHAME ON THE GHSA, THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE THE MONDAY MORNING AFTER THIS HAPPENED…..SAM BURKE IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE…NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD COME TO THIS….

ub

February 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

These young people have no respect for anyone or anything, don’t like where this country is headed.

Lcdawg

February 15th, 2012
1:09 pm

I guess AJC does not want to hear the truth.

tony

February 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

Just guessing but would say that the players from the fb team that caused the problem were most likely part of the bb team. So playing in an empty gym may not have helped. If they were on the team they should have been left home and let the teams play.

WhataPu___

February 15th, 2012
1:38 pm

That has to be the most STUPID decision I have ever heard. Figures a WOMAN would make it. Yep, just run and hide, thats showing the kids how to handle adversity.

Therut

February 15th, 2012
1:45 pm

Scroll back up and read Misterwax. Thay says it all.

Dwayne(LAST KID PICKED)

February 15th, 2012
2:14 pm

Why?

February 15th, 2012
3:16 pm

The game was at a neutral site. Once you start you cannot stop this action. That means when the two schools meet in a the region tennis match, or region basseball game, or region track meet no one for Warren County can compete for the opportunity to advance to state. I understanbd being mad at the jury for no indicments, but this goes too far. These kids from both school hang out with each other and have moved on, yet some adults have not. I agree that whoever hit the adult with his fist according to the GBI report should be punished. I am unaware of what punishment was given to the kid who hit the coach from his school. For all we know he could be at an alternative school. The GHSA doesn’t punish schools for altercations that occur after the contests and the officails have left. That is to be dealt with by the law enforcement, which it was. The GBI investigated this and found both schools at fault. This has nothing to do with black or white. It is called the truth!!!

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syndrome

February 15th, 2012
9:45 pm

Just another reason women should not be in a position to make these decisions. Teaching the kids to run from bullies instead of standing up for themselves. Hope she never runs for public office.

Coach

February 15th, 2012
10:05 pm

Congrats on your move we are doing the same thing next year we had a fight brake out during the last game of our jr high basketball game and we are going yo forfeit the home and away game. Student safety is our first priority. We are in Texas. Good joob coach

Sports Fan

February 16th, 2012
9:21 am

Dumb, irrational decision. You are now letting the inmates run the asylum. Rather than forfeiting, as has been mentioned, the game should be played in a secured gym with no spectators. Just the players, coaches and officials allowed. If you were going to forfeit the playoff game, you might as well had forfeited the entire season because these kids busted their butt all season for a chance to compete in the state playoffs for a “CHANCE” to win a state championship. That is a dream and opportunity of a lifetime for any high school athlete, and this decision has stripped that from these athletes. Administrators need to demonstrate more sound decision making than this. Very disappointing.

chinolong

February 16th, 2012
9:34 am

It seems you are teaching the children that after they work hard to get an opportunity (Champioship), the system, (Administrators) will take it away from you to satisfy their inability to deal with a few trouble makers. This will affect them in life. Why try to achieve when it will only end in someone pushing me back down for my own good………….

john

February 16th, 2012
9:50 am

Find the gut-less wonder that hit the coach with his helmit and beat him just shy of conscience. Then repeat process 10 times. This still won”t fix the coaches terrible head injury. Cograts to the boys basketball team for thier brave but costly descion.

from cleveland, oh

February 16th, 2012
10:35 am

I just read about this and I have to say that I am disappointed to hear that the Superintendent would cancel such an IMPORTANT GAME FOR THE KIDS! This type of situation has been happening for a long time and in all parts of the country. The best resolution is to (as others have stated) PLAY THE GAME BEHIND LOCKED DOORS as numeous other schools have done. There is no reason that the children should be punished!! What was the point of allowing the team to get this far and then strip them of the chance to go to states?

free spirit

February 16th, 2012
10:49 am

Seems to me the football teams involved in the fight should have been suspended from playing for a year. This would have shown both teams that this behavior would not be tolerated. Doesn’t really seem fair to the boys on the basketball team to be penalized for something they had no part in. If the fight went beyond the players, then close the BB game from spectators. My grandson plays football and I know he would be very upset if his team were penalized for something they had no part in. Just saying…

Don

February 16th, 2012
11:10 am

Does anyone really expect the GHSA top do anything about this? We are talking 2 poor rural Class A schools.$wearngin won’t do squat unless it involves at least a AAA school OR a private $chool. Dooly County should be banned from football for what they and their fans did several years in a row to playoff teams, but nothing. $wearngin says, “Show me the money, baby!”

sportsnut

February 16th, 2012
12:55 pm

@ Therut and Misterwax.. There were no Zulu’s or Tutzi”s involved. Just a bunch of kid’s growing up in the poorest part of the state of Georgia. These kid’s are not unlike any other kid’s and play a game they love and want to be good at what they do. South Africa was not the location either. When you are in a depressed area such as this, life can be hard. You might think otherwise because you have never experienced life on this level and would freak if you had to live the lives of the people whom you degrade with your coded language that signifies and alerts all to your bigotry. Seem’s by all account’s that it was not simply the two teams involved but adults. They should be held accountable for their action’s or inaction in this matter. We are all a product of our environment and wheather we like it or not, must accept that there are those who’s lives are very, very much different from our’s. Do not be so fast in your assertions that you forget to take stock in life for what it is for all.

sportsnut

February 16th, 2012
12:59 pm

Had to come back and say ===== Zulu’s and Tutzi’s == REALLY !

MAB

February 16th, 2012
4:05 pm

with all considered; I think the school made the right decision; I know it would be hard and make them feel like cowards, but in my book they and the team are all champions.

shakerria

March 1st, 2012
9:45 am

shut the hell up