Video: Working the refs gets dangerous in Texas high-school football game; Update: Survey results added

posted at 3:31 pm on September 7, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

More like working over the refs, in this case. A Friday night football game between John Jay and Marble Falls high schools got ugly after a Jay player got ejected from the game in an altercation with the opposing team. A couple of plays later, one JHS player blind-sided an official, while another speared the man while he was down on the field. Here’s the video:

The view from the other end zone doesn’t make it as clear as the video from the stands, but the play is nowhere near this referee. Both players are clearly aiming at the official; the second one aims for him on the ground. It’s a malicious and coordinated attack on a defenseless man, who’s lucky to still be walking after this attack. Other officials ejected the first player and mistakenly ejected another who didn’t take part, but school and league officials know who these players are now:

In the video, a John Jay player wearing jersey No. 12 runs directly at an official during a play that occurred with about a minute left in the game. He starts from the Mustangs’ 5 yard line and runs about seven yards before barreling into the official, who is standing in the center of the field with his back to the player.

After the play, it appears that another Jay player, possibly wearing jersey No. 81, dives on the official, leading with his helmet, while the official is on the ground.

In a phone interview with KENS 5 Sports’ David Flores on Sunday, NISD Athletic Director Stan Laing said the two players involved in the incident have been suspended from the team and from school, pending an NISD investigation.

That’s a curious comment from KENS’ Dave Flores, who contributed to their report. That may relate to the coordination on this play between the two assailants. Clearly they both had the same idea at the same time, and that doesn’t seem coincidental. The question will be whether anyone else gave them that idea, or whether they were just dumb enough to dream it up on their own. Suffice it to say that any investigation of this incident will also be taking a close look at other players on Jay High School’s football team, and their coaches as well — although it’s very, very difficult to believe that adults would be stupid enough to order this kind of brazen battery on an official. Not impossible, mind you, just very, very difficult. The game had already gotten out of hand earlier, resulting in the earlier ejection, so this at least reflects on the team’s leadership on the sidelines as well as between the lines.

What should be the punishment for this kind of cowardly, cheap-shot attack on a game official? This Waco news anchor says they should never be allowed to walk onto a football field again:

That would be my choice, too, assuming that an investigation corroborates what was seen on the video. What do you think? Take the poll.

Update: I’ve closed the poll, and here are the results from 1,556 responses. Over 99% of readers believe this attack was deliberate, which … is no surprise, given the video.  When it comes to scholastic punishment, 56% said expulsion was the appropriate consequence:



Almost exactly two-thirds of respondents wanted a lifetime ban on all athletics applied, and almost another 15% said a lifetime ban on football. Less than one percent wanted less than a one-season punishment:



More than three-quarters of respondents want criminal charges against the players. Slightly more than 15% wanted it handled within the realm of the school:



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It would only matter if the players were white (or white hispanics) and the ref were black.

Otherwise, if the players are black it doesn’t matter what they did. Does it?

FNH57 on September 8, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Looks like the players were Mexican. Oh well. Throw the book at ’em and then deport ’em. :P

gryphon202 on September 8, 2015 at 1:25 PM

What made these geniuses think they could get away with this in the first place? The criminal assault was the first thing that happened after the snap.

Hundreds, if not thousands witnessed their assault on the ref, whether or not it was on video.

Like most criminals, just not all that bright.

Fortyback on September 8, 2015 at 4:19 PM

already answered

corona79 on September 8, 2015 at 7:42 PM

Too easy. Expulsion.

Bmore on September 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Felony battery, aggravated by use of helmet to spear in the 2nd instance. Hard time.

RedBaker on September 8, 2015 at 7:58 PM

I said:

True, but keep in mind that in high school many players play both offense and defense.

bmmg39 on September 8, 2015 at 8:45 AM

True, and the Jays were already down two players who were ejected earlier. And I don’t think it was the head coach, probably an assistant.

Just my gut. (Trust me, I’ve played on some poor teams, 4-6 HS; 0-9, 1-9 in college. Frustration can make a kid crazy.)

BigAlSouth on September 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Looks like I could be right:

Looks like my hunch may be confirmed. The Daily Mail (US) says assistant coach Mack Breed “has been placed on administrative leave by the district while the investigation continues.” Apparently, Coach Breed made comments “that could have led the students to make improper contact with the official.”

BigAlSouth on September 8, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Why did the words “Sweep the leg” suddenly pop into my head?

mr. b on September 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Anybody care to cast odds on the race of the culprits?

Mr Soames on September 8, 2015 at 1:06 AM

Known throughout the galaxy for their poor sportsmanship.
They should be castrated and deported to their home planet. It’s the only punishment that they understand.

justltl on September 9, 2015 at 7:07 AM

HSFB builds character? Lots more to this story than printed. The two thugs are done, for good. Take a look at the program. Any group that would even consider such an assault speaks very poorly of the coaching and the organization. I would make a point not easily forgotten with the team, the school and the league.

StevC on September 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

It is racist and socially un-just to expect non-white players to understand the complexity of rules created by white people in order to perpetuate a white view of the world.

DepthTested on September 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM