Texas school district investigates after players hit referee

(Amanda Brandeis/KXAN)

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (AP/KXAN) — A San Antonio School district is investigating after a football player ran into the back of a referee watching a play and another player then dove into the official after he fell.

Both players were ejected from the game. A Northside ISD spokesperson tells KXAN that the two players have been suspended from both the team and school at this time pending investigation of the incident.

Northside Independent School District athletic director Stan Laing told the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1VGRHoA ) that video of the incident was “very disturbing.” Laing said the district is investigating what led up to the incident.

The team from John Jay High School in San Antonio was playing Marble Falls High School in Marble Falls, located about 90 miles north of San Antonio.

Before the referee was hit, two Jay players had been ejected on separate plays.

The incident occurred with approximately a minute left in Friday’s game, according to Marble Falls coach Matt Green.

Marble Falls was trying to run out the clock and called for a handoff toward the left side of the line of scrimmage, according to the Express-News.

The penalties stemming from the incident gave Marble Falls a first down. John Jay lost 15-9.

Marble Falls coach Matt Green said John Jay coach Gary Gutierrez apologized after the game.

“I’ve coached 14 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Green said.

The referee was “very upset” and “wanting to press charges,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott told The Associated Press.

Elliott said he was seeking guidance from the state officials association, adding, “the first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again.”

He declined to release the referee’s name.

Texas UIL released this statement regarding the situation:

“The UIL is extremely concerned about the actions portrayed in the football game between Marble Falls and San Antonio Jay. The League is working with the school districts and officials involved to conduct a thorough investigation. The UIL takes this matter very seriously and will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete.”

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