The Northside Independent School District will not cancel the remainder of San Antonio John Jay's high school football season after two players were suspended for targeting and tackling a referee, reports Jason Minnix of The Blitz with Dat Nguyen.
The NISD says they are treating the investigation as an assault on a school official. Jay assistant football coach Mack Breed, who coached the secondary defense and attended the high school, has been placed on administrative leave for suggesting “that guy needs to pay for cheating us” to his players.
The Jay football players told the NISD that they felt wronged by missed calls by the officials and two different racial slur complaints were filed against officials, according to Frank Alosa of 550 KTSA News.
NISD Superintendent Brian Woods says that he is confident head coach Gary Gutierrez has a handle on his program.
Late in their game against Marble Falls (Tex.), two John Jay players appeared to blindside a defenseless referee, knocking him to the ground.
As the referee watches Marble Falls run a draw play, a John Jay safety charges him from seven yards away, lowering his right shoulder and knocking him to the turf.
As the safety breaks forward, another defensive back begins running at the official, driving his helmet into the referee’s back.
Both players were ejected from the game, and John Jay lost 15-9. The play occurred after two other John Jay players were ejected for separate infractions.
The University Interscholastic League will meet on Wednesday to hear a report on alleged rule violations by students and coaches from John Jay High School. Their executive committee reserves the right to impose sanctions.
- Christopher Chavez