Ugly incidents disrupt 2 Friday night games

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Update: The GHSA has received video of the fight from the Monroe Area-Madison County game, but is still waiting on official reports from each school, before issuing suspensions. GHSA associate director Tommy Whittle said he is hoping to make an announcement Tuesday.

No. 4 Monroe Area’s 68-14 win over Madison County was marred by a bench-clearing brawl that led to multiple ejections. Seven Monroe Area players, including star quarterback Stanton Truitt, and three Madison County players were ejected. In addition to Truitt, four other Monroe Area starters were among those ejected, Purple Hurricanes’ coach Matt Fligg confirmed in a text message.

A Madison County player involved in the fight was taken to the hospital with neck pains, but was released and feeling fine, according to Madison coach Chris Smith.

Both coaches said the fight began when Truitt was tackled out of bounds and escalated from there. Smith said he was turning over video of the fight to the officials association to review.

If players were ejected for fighting, they would have to sit out next week’s game. Monroe Area hosts Chestatee next week for the Region 8-AAAA title.

The GHSA did not immediately return a request for comment.

In another ugly incident, a big Region 6-AAAA Division B game had to be cancelled, after football players from Washington High School were implicated by Atlanta police in a Thursday night a fight involving a baseball team and a parent. Officials cancelled Washington’s game against Carver and awarded Carver a forfeit victory. Carver improves to 6-2, 4-0 in the subregion. Washington drops to 6-2, 2-2 in 6-AAAA. Carver will face Grady on Friday for the subregion title.

Showdown set: No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 2 Carrollton each posted easy victories, setting up a Friday showdown between the two top-ranked teams that will decide the Region 5-AAAA title. Defending state champion Sandy Creek rolled out to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 42-7 win over LaGrange. The Patriots have won 40 consecutive region games.

Carrollton scored on its first seven possessions and got two rushing touchdowns from both Malik Sheppard and Jarvis Terrell, and two receiving touchdowns from Andrew Turner in the Trojans’ 63-21 win over Alexander. Carrollton has outscored its opponents 407-75.

Chubb watch: Cedartown running back Nick Chubb rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns to help the seventh-ranked Bulldogs remain undefeated with a 54-28 win over Cass. Chubb, a Georgia commitment, has now rushed for 2,162 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. Cedartown travels to Gilmer on Friday, with the winner claiming the top seed out of Region 7-AAAA, Division A in the play-in round.

First wins: The LaFayette Ramblers ended an 11-game losing streak with a 32-29 win over Ridgeland.  … North Clayton picked up its first win of the season with a 25-20 victory over winless Spalding.

Turnaround: Eagle’s Landing knocked off Locust Grove, 41-14, to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Golden Eagles were 3-37 the past four seasons.

Unbeatens: Sandy Creek (7-0-1), Carrollton (8-0), Statesboro (8-0), Mary Persons (8-0), Griffin (8-0), Monroe Area (8-0) and Cedartown (8-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in AAAA.

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Monroe's First Redcoat

October 26th, 2013
12:00 pm

The brawl at Madison County started with a late hit out of bounds against Madison County on Truitt. Basically, the Madison County bench ran ACROSS the field as things quickly got ugly. No excuses for my Hurricanes, though. You have to keep your head in the game, especially at this point in the season. I hope this will serve as a hard lesson – you have to be held accountable for your actions!!

Just a Fan

October 26th, 2013
12:10 pm

This makes Fridays game against Chestatee interesting instead of being a blowout. A Chestatee region championship would move Monroe into the playoff quadrant with R5 champ&Griffin-Loaded with 3 of top 5 teams.

3d

October 26th, 2013
1:26 pm

reminds me of the story of the ga bulldog that ran all the way across the field thinking the entire squad was behind him to fight the other team only to discover he was alone

OMG!!! That bowling ball is my wife!!!!

October 26th, 2013
7:07 pm

Wait? Just because they are ugly, they got in a fight? Good looking people fight too.

Black1

October 26th, 2013
7:16 pm

Discipline young people! These kids nowadays lack discipline!

battleaxekid

October 26th, 2013
7:28 pm

”’To Monroe’s First Redcoat: great post..”’ There are many times in life when you cannot act on your emotions, and it seems that this is one of those times that emotions flared and it went too far. by no means should this ever happen..but occasionally it does. and when it does it always gives the sport a bad rap.. I think all of us growing up has had this happen, maybe not in the way i read the incident. a strong reprimand should be handed down.
Some would say, ” well get the one’s that began it”" They should get the harshest punishment, but even those that joined in should also get a few games on the bench..
we live in a different world that many of us has grown up in.. This cannot be allowed to go by with out the strictest punishment…

I can tell you if it was my son, grandson, he would remember when the next time anything close arose, he would be a part of it, and I would guarantee that.. he may not be able to sit on the bench………. he would probably have to stand…….. i know some know what i am talking about…..

I hear some now. “”"boys will be boys””

Black1

October 26th, 2013
7:44 pm

Great post battle but we live in a day and time where kids get what they want! Wouldn’t bet that these kids get special treatment because of the record and a chance of winning a championship! My son would be scared to come home! But it’s discipline, these kids don’t know how to get them back legally without getting into a fight! Back in my days, we would have got him later on the field.

Just a Fan

October 26th, 2013
8:01 pm

Black1-I think that it is mandantory that if a player is ejected they have to sit out the next game. Monroe will still be in the playoffs-just in a more difficult quandrant of the brfackets should they lose to Chestatee.

Just a Fan

October 26th, 2013
8:03 pm

Concerning the Monroe ejections-does anyone know what the score was when this happened?

dgroy

October 26th, 2013
8:07 pm

Folks, we’re in a downward spiral. This is the kind of activity that’s killing football at all levels. Lack of discipline and I blame the coaches more than the players. Along with teaching kids to play football, they should also be teaching self control. If they’re not, they should be fired……period, no excuses.

Just a Fan

October 26th, 2013
8:21 pm

I think maybe you are missing the key figures here-the parents

TROJAN FAN

October 26th, 2013
8:58 pm

From here foreword it’s the adults who will make the right or wrong decisions. Are their consequences for our actions? Are there life lessons to be learned? or are the adults part of the problem?

Black1

October 26th, 2013
9:05 pm

This will hurt especially if its QB, WR, and RB! Parents, Coaching, and players- responsible

CadDawg

October 26th, 2013
11:06 pm

I think Monroe scored 40 points after the ejections.

G.T. Manuel

October 26th, 2013
11:22 pm

Black1 what difference do it make the postion they play. other then that i agree, but i hear the kid was four or five yards out of bounds when he got hit.

G.T. Manuel

October 26th, 2013
11:28 pm

It was the QB, not the WR, or RB.

Black1

October 27th, 2013
5:22 am

I was stating those are top 3 offensive weapons and I know it will be QB, but still you have to keep your composure! If anyone played the game before then late hits happen from time to time! But the type of kids we have now are babies, and they don’t understand it! Not calling them that! Overall, these kids are not as tough physically and mentally! Just like one bloggers stated in Parkview article!

Black1

October 27th, 2013
5:24 am

@trojan, we are talking about Monroe players and parents! Need I say more

Bob

October 27th, 2013
8:38 am

Everyone young and old has a breaking point. The MA players have gotten a lot of cheap shots all year and done nothing about it except score more points. Just like in daily life if no one else is going to stop it you feel like you have to take it in your own hands.

Go Trojans!

October 27th, 2013
8:51 am

The AJC article actually mentions a “Legacy” baseball team. I think the football players got in a fight with some older grads who were coming back to relive their glory years. By all accounts, they are the “adults”.

Sad for sure.

WarEagle

October 27th, 2013
11:45 am

According to the news report, the “legacy” team is a baseball league for teens, not adult alums. Fight supposedly was about stolen items from the locker room. Shame for the players for both teams who worked hard and through no fault of their own missed game. Also shame for BTW students, who lost their homecoming game.

Just a Fan

October 27th, 2013
3:27 pm

Monroes Redcoat-keep us posted-you seem to have the best info when it concerns Monroe. How many players will miss the Chestatee game? Finishing #2 in the region would pair them with R5#1;winning the region would pair them with R5#2-so it looks like Sandy Creek or Carrollton in the second round either way. Either matchup should be a high scoring game.

Just a Fan

October 27th, 2013
3:27 pm

GHSA has a new director-wonder what their role in this will be?

Yawner

October 27th, 2013
5:28 pm

Hope Stanton Truitt’s selfish pride was worth it. When he threw a punch he threw away any shot at any of the end of year awards he was in contention for. Not to mention putting his team in a bad situation trying to win a region. #selfish #nodiscipline #thuglife

James

October 27th, 2013
6:30 pm

I am not sure what you think happened on the ” late hit out of bounds”. The kid, a backup, was sliding down when he was out of bounds. The players on MA took helmets off and beat the kid in the head. Punching and kicking this kid and 2 teammates who came to his assistance. The MA coaching staff looked like buffoons and didn’t move or get in the players way. MA had many taunting tactics the whole game especially early. They even late hit a kid on a td kickoff return in he end one, injuring his ankle, but no flag!

While the players acted like thugs and the coaches and fans were moronic, the real culprits to blame were the IDIOT OFFICIALS! They let this happen from the outset and no matter what the teams did and even it paid.

AND the comment about the bench clearing and coming across the field is a little short sighted. This kid was taken off the MA sideline by stretcher in an ambulance. The coaches had to act because the othe coaching staff did not control their kids. 65 people on 3 is not good odds.

The incident was so bad the police had to get involved and took the “star” away to visit. I wouldn’t be shocked if this kid, his coach,athletic director and school system aren’t sued by he parents of the kid.

The MA being victims of the season for taking cheap shots from opponents is laughable. Ask Walnut Grove,Stevphen County,etc.. The classless run up scoring they have done to teams for two years makes this seem really odd for a victim.

James

October 27th, 2013
6:40 pm

By the way, if the coach of MA was so excited about this football season, I wonder why he applied for other jobs last year? Maybe for a raise,but, maybe he knew the type of players he had on his team.
Talented without a doubt. Hard working and dedicated to doing the right thing,maybe not.

Rachel

October 27th, 2013
6:47 pm

In football there have been plenty of late hits by every team out there not excluding Monroe Area and Madison Co. I was there and saw that the one MC player was surrounded by 90% of the Monroe A. players on their sideline. A late hit or any hit does not excuse a player to assault another player. There was a “Monroe Area Beating sideline huddle on a MC player” where there were only three MC players on the sideline that were pulled out, that’s it. Those were the two that were ejected. I think the proof is in the pudding, in that more players were ejected from MA than MC. That was the scariest moment for me was observing the MC player as he laid motionless until they carried him out on a stretcher still not moving from what I saw. As a nurse, I could only assess the situation from where I was sitting. From what I saw, the referees allowed the game to escalate as they allowed cheap shots like holding, dirty tactics and taunting. I even observed a ref give a high five pat on the hand to one of the Monroe players as to congratulate him for recovering a ball from MC. That’s tacky and unprofessional. Coach Chris Smith ejects any of his players at any time for misconduct of foul language or behavior. The tackiest moment was that even after everything that happened, the Monroe Area head coach was smiling joyfully as he approached HC Chris Smith to shake hands at the end of the game. I believe that after a game that took place, a more professional serious attitude was in order from him. Coach Smith kept a serious face as in saying, that night’s situation was not acceptable.

James

October 27th, 2013
7:26 pm

Rachel– I have noticed coach Smith takes no crap from any player. He is a coach that is more of a 60’s throwback than current “look at me” guy—-really seems like the kind of coach I want my kid to play for. The “other” guy reminds me of what is wrong these days…..

James

October 27th, 2013
7:40 pm

Also to 3d—What are you talking about ? The Florida game ?.? UGA is not known for doing the crap that MA did. Maybe you’d feel a little more empathy if it was to back up Benghazi –oh, we didn’t do that either. You sound a little to liberal for me.

The Truth

October 27th, 2013
7:53 pm

1. IT’S ALL ON FILM !!

2. Did you see the late hit? Then the ref throw the flag? Then as the Madison Co players start back to the field did you see the Monroe player shove/push down #68? Then once he was down, did you see the Monroe players take off their helmets and start beating him with them or those that were kicking him & punching him?? Fortunately it’s ALL ON FILM!! It was all a complete disgrace to the game! And yes Madison Co had 2 players ejected, one of which was trying to defend his teammate who never got back up & had to be carried off in an ambulance !! A win might be what Monroe got for the season, but Character, Integrity, Dignity, & Self-Discipline are for life!!

The Truth

October 27th, 2013
7:55 pm

3. I blame the officiating crew for last nights events about 90%! The “jaw jacking” from both sides was evident well before the side line fight ensued, yet the ref’s seemed to ignore it. In fact, I wonder if the “late hit” call that caused all this was really evident? Seemed questionable from where I sat, and was definitely unintentional….. HOWEVER, after the call was made, the ref that threw the flag did a HORRIBLE job corralling the players back to the field of play, almost as if he was going to condone the behavior that took place!! In my opinion, the TARGETING on the side lines wear a Monroe player lowered his head, helmet on, and knocked down our #68 on the sideline out of play is worthy of MUCH MORE than just an ejection from the game! WHAT A DISGRACE this young man is to this game!! It should be known that this player is #1, who was not only the player that initiated the fight by punching one of our players in the face, but he is the same player that SPEARED our #68 as he was trying to get back to his feet from a hit he had just received on the sidelines from Monroe’s #8. This #1, had already been pulled out of the initial fight by his head coach yet headed back into the fight as soon as he saw our #68 standing alone, #1 went FULL SPEAD, head lowered, helmet on and speared #68. It is ALL ON FILM!!

Black1

October 27th, 2013
7:55 pm

Lets all pray for the MC player! But wouldn’t go far as saying thugs! Kids don’t respect their coach! Qb is a hot headed! Many people just didn’t see it! What goes around comes around! Wait til after football season and they will through away these kids like they always do! That’s why I haven’t been to a game!

Eric

October 27th, 2013
7:55 pm

I was not at the game and can only base my thoughts on hearsay as to the event, but if things I have been told were true, then it appears some of the Monroe team may face arrests in the future. What I do know is they left the gym (their locker room) destroyed and broke into the concession stand and stole candy and drinks left just that afternoon for a reunion of 50s-70s graduates taking place on Saturday. So not only did they behave as thugs on the field but off the field as well.

The Truth

October 27th, 2013
7:56 pm

4. At least 8% of blame/responsibility lies on the Monroe coaching staff & sidelines who allowed this kind of behavior to go on and have, what seems like, little to no discipline on their team & sidelines… really? Do they not teach SELF-CONTROL ?? This is what we consider as a potential championship team?

2% of blame/responsibility YES, is on the Madison County players that didn’t RUN back onto the field after the play to avoid being jumped by the Monroe sidelines … a late hit is part of the game, it happens, in fact it happens on sidelines often, but we don’t jump our opponents players and start beating on them.

James

October 27th, 2013
8:12 pm

Well America stuck its head in the sand after WW1 and the world ended up with a worse scenario in WW2. Black 1 maybe you could learn a lesson from an ostrich. Stay away, we would not want a case of finding an answer to a problem. Right???

TROJAN FAN

October 27th, 2013
8:32 pm

WOW! If half of this is true,—- WOW! Can’t believe school administration doesn’t step in and —-well who knows how far up the problem goes?!?! Can’t believe this is the end of the story. Is criminal prosecution a possibility??

James

October 27th, 2013
8:45 pm

Trojan –right on

Eric

October 27th, 2013
8:50 pm

The Athletic Director for Monroe Area was ejected by the officials for running his mouth, if that tells you anything.

James

October 27th, 2013
8:58 pm

Eric–that is a sad thing to hear!

James

October 27th, 2013
9:17 pm

Truth– I think you put a lot of time and effort in this research. You make me look that maybe I am a little too harsh on MA and not really venting on the refs. They have to look at maybe having a peer review for these officials. They are not like NFL refs, being full time and well paid. These folks really just have other jobs that they hopefully are competent at. Unfortunate for this game, these refs weren’t.

There are separate associations that have officials in their own group. Much of this is a good ole boys club- been here for years and I ain’t gonna change–some is just lazy daydreaming and collecting a check. A team rushes for 300+ yards and an average line never has a hold, a chop block/ crack back penalty? A player stands over his tackled runner and taunts in front of a ref with no warning?

Accountability is needed in all sports. I see it in all levels and it appears the governing bodies know this too.

purple

October 27th, 2013
10:51 pm

It is obvious only one side of the story is being presented here, and not giving an entire representation of what actually happened. The hit on our QB was clearly 4 or 5 yards out of bounds. There was a response by Truitt, that eventually lead to what took place, and did clearly cross the line of just taking up for a teammate, which both teams initially were attempting to do. Now who threw the first punch, it was hard to tell, as it broke out pretty quickly. In no way was the actions of either team defensible.

To place blame simply could come down to which side of the stadium you sat on. From my viewpoint, and the viewpoint of most other MA fans, it was Madison that was doing a lot of the talking, jawing, late hits and cheap shots that the referees did let escalate. It was not the entire MA team vs. 3 MC players as you portray. MC players were just as guilty as MA, and to say otherwise is clearly biased. According to GHSA, any player leaving the sideline is to be ejected, which should have called for the ejection of many more than 3 Madison players. In a situation like that, referees have a difficult time determining who should be suspended. To base any judgement on 7 MA players vs. 3 MC players being ejected again comes down to your bias.

Every adult on the MA sideline attempted to break this up, coaches, athletic director, trainer, principal, police officer, etc. The single most classless display that has not even been mentioned yet was the actions of the Madison team and coaches shortly after the fight. While the Monroe coaching staff were chewing our kids out for losing their composure (something they remind them of constantly), the Madison team erupted in cheer, jumping up and down, coaches included. This should have been a teaching moment for their staff; instead, it appeared as though they were celebrating the ejection of Monroe players as though they were hoping our kids would do something regrettable given the constant dirty play by Madison. Not to mention that one of their own was having to be treated by medical personnel while they were joyously celebrating.

To offer a verbal attack on Coach Fligg or Monroe Area based on this event and based on our scorelines demonstrates that the apparent Madison posters here have no real clue about Monroe’s administration, program, coaches, nor have a clue about high school sports. I guess you should all be judged based on one mistake you made in life. Monroe’s starters haven’t played past halftime in the majority of their games. As you build to the playoffs, those kids need to play 4 quarters; so some teams just have to take the brunt of that. At the end of the day, it is not the job of Monroe’s coaching staff to keep the score from getting out of hand. If you don’t like a scoreline, complain about your own coaching staff not doing anything to keep it in check. Apparently, Madison’s game plan to keep it in check was to test the composure of MA’s players, and unfortunately they didn’t handle it as well as you would hope. Which again, is a huge teaching opportunity for 15, 16, 17 year old boys.

Fligg’s true character was shown as time expired, as he ordered our QB to take a knee inside the 5 instead of punching in another TD. Now MA must face Chestatee in a region title match without many starters, which is plenty punishment to all involved.

purple

October 27th, 2013
10:55 pm

I think one thing we can all agree on though is that the referees did little early in the game to maintain control. Even after the incident, the referees still allowed of after play activity to continue.

James

October 27th, 2013
11:01 pm

Purple–now let’s talk about your one sided stupidity. I am appalled that you are stupid enough to blame a team coming to the aid of a fallen teammate being brutally attacked. Benghazi ring a bell you liberal moron. I have enough understanding about sports to explain to you what the encounter was. A vicious attack that off the field would be a felony. Argue that. It is on film sport your move

purple

October 27th, 2013
11:05 pm

Was MA not coming to the aide of a teammate? Isn’t that how it all started? A dirty cheap shot 5 yards out of bounds by Madison, then taking up for a teammate by Monroe. Again, no one’s actions are excusable, neither the players involved in the fight from Monroe and Madison.

James

October 27th, 2013
11:05 pm

Oh by the way- check out your brainiacs on your own newspaper. Be proud of the education. You also should be honest on the pump up situation. The players saw a teammate stretched on a gurney and taken by ambulance by an OFF THE FIELD INCIDENT.

purple

October 27th, 2013
11:09 pm

Be clear in your accusation. What from the local newspaper are you referring to?

The kid was still on the field being treated by medical personnel when the “pump up” situation occurred. It was easily obvious that the “pump up” had nothing to do with the injured player.

James

October 27th, 2013
11:16 pm

My accusation is based on actual events. Check the film. I have video , do you? Are you really trying to imply that a team was in celebratory status , when a teammate was still down and his condition was unknown. Did you know he just was back , after missing several games, due to a concussion? Of course you don’t ! Do you truly want to ignore the fact that a high school player was brutally beaten by several opposing players with a weapon ( as outlined in the NFLPA lawsuit defining a helmet)? Need we continue?

purple

October 27th, 2013
11:18 pm

Yes I am clearly stating your players and coaches were in celebratory status with a teammate still down and condition unknown.

James

October 27th, 2013
11:23 pm

Check the film.

purple

October 27th, 2013
11:25 pm

Saw it live. Your film will clearly reinforce everything I have said. And again, at no point have I defended the players from MA that fought, nor can you defend the actions of your players either.