AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - Two high school football teams that were involved in an altercation during a game have been placed on probation, the University Interscholastic League announced Tuesday.
Two coaches have also been suspended one game. The move follows a Sept. 8 altercation at the game.
Cushing ISD Superintendent Michael Davis said the incident all started after Cushing beat the Hawks 22-20 on the last play of the game. Davis said that he went to Austin the following week to meet with UIL officials and Hawkins ISD staff.
"This time (the UIL) decided they're going to make it a little bit more serious on this first offense for either of of these guys and give them a game suspension as well a probation period," David said.
The UIL publicly reprimanded the Cushing and Hawkins high schools football teams, placing them on a two-year probation. The probation was announced after the UIL State Executive Committee meeting Tuesday.
"The Cushing High School and Hawkins High School football teams were given public reprimands and placed on two years probation for fighting with opponents. In addition, Cushing High School coach Marlon Garrett and Hawkins High School coach Derrick Conde were given a public reprimand, two years probation, and one-game suspension," the UIL said on its website.
After the meeting with the Hawking ISD staff. and with UIL officials, Davis said creating new protocols to be put into place to improve similar situations that could occur in the future.
"One of the things the UIL wanted to see from us was, you know when we give out some sort of warning letter, they want to see what the penalty would be next time when an altercation like that occurs," Davis said.
Davis said that he and Cushing coach Marlon Garrett reflected on incident in order to carry forward.
"Looking back on it me and him both talk. You just gotta walk away. Sometimes when you feel like you can't you gotta walk away anyway Maybe you gotta walk away at least walk away. He's a great stand up guy. I hate that this happened but it did and now we're going live learn and move on," Davis said.
Davis said as the meeting wrapped up, both coaches shook hands indicating both are willing to put this incident behind them.