HABOOB

Fox Sports’ Mike Pereira wants high school football team suspended for vicious hit on official

Sep 7, 2015, 11:39 AM

If Fox Sports NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira had it his way, a high school football team in Texas would forfeit its season for the conduct of two of its players in a game Friday.

In the video, the back judge official was watching the play when one player from John Jay High School in San Antonio hits him from behind and another player spears him with his helmet. The video also shows the play the official was watching was nowhere near him.

On Monday, the school district announced that both players have been suspended from the team and school indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation and a due process hearing.

However, that’s not enough for Pereira, who spent 14 years officiating college football games and two years officiating NFL games before being promoted to supervisor of NFL officiating and later vice president of officiating. He wants criminal charges to be brought up and called for the remainder John Jay’s season to be forfeited.

“The school district is investigating. So is the athletics’ association. And they have suspended the two players involved. That’s not enough,” Pereira told Fox Sports. “Criminal charges need to come, without question. … The whole team, to me, should be suspended. End of the season for Jay High School.”

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

Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District, told The Associated Press earlier Sunday that the district would hear from game officials, coaches and students during an upcoming due process hearing.

“It is not the good sportsmanlike behavior that we teach students,” he said.

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.

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 told the San Antonio Express-News.

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

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

He declined to release the referee’s name.

The University Interscholastic League, which governs primary and high school sports, is working with the school district and officials on the investigation, according to spokeswoman Kate Hector.

The Associated Press contributed to this story 

Haboob

Joshua Dobbs...

Haboob Blog

Cardinals QB Joshua Dobbs has finally made it in the team shop

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs' jersey is now available in the Arizona Cardinals team shop after he could not find it.

3 days ago

Dallas Cowboys fans at the Arizona Cardinals game...

Haboob Blog

Skip Bayless posts awkward video, memes are out as the Cardinals upset the Cowboys

Skip Bayless breathed heavily and nodded his head. But fans outside of Dallas enjoyed the Arizona Cardinals' upset of the Cowboys.

5 days ago

Dan Lanning...

Haboob Blog

Wins over clicks: Oregon’s Dan Lanning goes viral for speech vs. Colorado, Deion Sanders

Oregon head coach Dan Lanning blasted Deion Sanders' Colorado Buffaloes in his pregame speech, and the Ducks jumped out to a huge lead.

6 days ago

Deion Sanders, Colorado Buffaloes, Big 12...

Wills Rice

‘Lamborghini Prime:’ Deion Sanders given parking ticket by CU campus police

No one is safe. Colorado royalty Deion Sanders and his white Lamborghini were given a parking ticket from campus police.

7 days ago

New York Giants fans, Arizona Cardinals fans...

Haboob Blog

The Giants were outscored 60-0 to begin the season vs. Cowboys, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals kept pace with the Dallas Cowboys in scoring a lot and allowing no points by the New York Giants.

12 days ago

NFL referee, official...

Haboob Blog

‘I’m talking to America here:’ NFL referee would not be interrupted in Seahawks-Lions

Lead referee Alex Kemp would not hear it from Seattle quarterback Geno Smith while on the mic during Seahawks-Lions.

12 days ago

Fox Sports’ Mike Pereira wants high school football team suspended for vicious hit on official