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Cushing players, coach looking to move on after incident with Hawkins

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Hawkins police say no legal action will be taken by the department following an on-field altercation between the Hawkins and Cushing varsity football teams Friday night.

On Friday Cushing beat Hawkins, 22-20 on the final play. After the play is when the events turned sour. 

RELATED: Two East Texas school districts in potential UIL investigation after Friday football game altercation

A UIL spokesperson also responded to a request for a statement Monday.

"The UIL has received incident reports related to an altercation that took place after the Hawkins vs. Cushing football game on Friday, September 8. The UIL is working with school administrators to look into the incident. The district executive committee and/or the state executive committee can impose penalties outlined in section 27 and 29 of the UIL Constitution and Contest."

Read more about the UIL's policy here.

With the case still unfolding, the Cushing players were back on the field Monday getting ready for a tough, Burkeville squad.

 "We are focusing on Burkeville," head coach Jason Davis said. "We have administrators taking care of what happened at post game Friday night in Hawkins."

According to Cushing Superintendent Michael Davis, after they scored the winning touchdown, players and coaches rushed the field. They received a penalty for coming on the field in celebration but then the referee revoked the penalty because the game was officially over. 

"It should have been a very successful night for Cushing ISD and the football program then we get hit with an immediate curve ball," Coach Davis said. "Losing or winning is not going to cause us as a staff or a community to act unruly or have unsportsmanlike conduct. "

The two teams then met on the 50-yard line for the traditional congratulatory line. Davis said that to his knowledge a verbal altercation took place in this line between one of the Hawkins ISD assistant coaches and one of the Cushing ISD assistant coaches. 

"I promise you that this group of coaches, they're not out there trying to start a bunch of fights," Davis said. "They know that wins are pretty scarce in Cushing over the years. They are just trying to celebrate a win. That is their first win as a coaching staff. "

According to HISD Superintendent Morris Lyon, he believed that his coaches responded in a manner to protect their students.

After speaking with coaches, students and officials after the football game, Lyons said legal action would be pursued against Cushing team's personnel.

However Hawkins Police Sgt. Randall said that is no longer the case. The original tweet by Lyon on the Hawkins ISD twitter account has been taken down.

"There were comments being made that did not help the situation so we felt it best to take down the post," Lyon said. "We were just putting it out there to inform the parents."

Davis said he has taken witness statements from coaches and players. He is currently conducting an investigation that was requested by the UIL. Davis hopes to have the investigation finished by tomorrow.

"Early in the day I didn't have any evidence that I was going to be dulling out a lot of discipline or players," Davis said. "The more I have gone into the day and look at the videos I don't think there is going to be any discipline at all."

Davis added that he hopes Cushing and Hawkins can both come out of the incident without any ramifications.

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