Colquitt County head football coach Rush Propst says Lowndes coach Randy McPherson is lying if he denies a conspiracy to steal signs last week in a football game between the two Region 1-AAAAAA schools, the Moultrie Observer is reporting.
Lowndes won the game 17-14. The Georgia High School Association confirmed Thursday that it is investigating allegations that a coach that Propst fired two years ago was using binoculars to watch Colquitt’s sideline and relaying signals to Lowndes’ coaching staff in the press box.
A video shows a man standing in front of the visiting press box and watching the game with binoculars, then apparently communicating with Lowndes’ coaches in the press box. The man alleged to be stealing the signs is Buzz Payne, now part of Thomas County Central’s staff.
“It was a planned act between Lowndes, Buzz Payne and Thomas County Central,” Propst told the Moultrie Observer. “Anywhere, anytime, I will put my hand on a Bible, I know Lowndes and Randy McPherson and I know Thomas County Central, and their administration knew what Buzz Payne was doing.”
McPherson denied the charges earlier this week in an article in the Valdosta Daily Times.
“I have seen the video and I have never seen the man in the video,” McPherson told the Valdosta newspaper. “He is in no way associated with our program. I even asked my coaches if they could hear him — they couldn’t. I can’t help what some fan does in the stands.”
Propst told the newspaper that McPherson is not being truthful.
“What they have said is a blatant lie,” Propst said. “Randy said that he didn’t know Buzz Payne. He knows Buzz Payne as well as he knows me. That is a blatant lie.’’
The GHSA has said that the result of the game will not be overturned. Other penalties might arise if the allegations are proven true.