The following video from a high school football game in San Antonio has been floating around social media, where it appears like two players from John Jay High School targeted a referee who allegedly made a controversial call earlier in the game.
Here’s how My San Antonio is reporting it.
Late in Jay’s 15-9 loss at Marble Falls, one defensive back ran from 7 yards away into the back of an official watching a run play unfold 9 yards in front of him.
After the referee fell to the turf after the first hit, another player standing to the right of the referee and several yards away led with his helmet and dove into the official.
Both players were ejected. Northside ISD athletic director Stan Laing said the video was “very disturbing.” Laing said the district is investigating the sequence of events leading up to the play, and the University Interscholastic League is aware of what happened.
“The question of what instigated that is what we’re trying to figure out,” Laing said.
Laing said the officiating chapter that oversees the Austin-based crew that worked the game is in the process of getting statements regarding the incident.
Before that play, two Jay players were ejected on separate plays. The incident occurred with approximately a minute left in the game, according to Marble Falls coach Matt Green.
Marble Falls was looking to gain the yards required to extend its possession and effectively run out the clock and called for a handoff toward the left side of the line of scrimmage.
I know high school football is serious in Texas, but if the targeting allegations are true, the entire high school team should be suspended for the remainder of the season. No way a move like this was made without permission from a coach.