- Jay Busbee at Prep Rally16 days ago
The two players from Texas's John Jay High School whoput a blindside hit on a game official have spoken to "Good Morning America," and the players are blaming their coach.
Victor Rojas and Michael Moreno were suspended both from the team and from school, and assistant coach Mack Breed is on paid leave after he allegedly told the players that the ref "needs to pay" for calls that went against the team.
Both players appeared on GMA and said that they were "doing what [they] were told" by the coach. Moreno expressed remorse and indicated that he pulled up somewhat because of his indecision about the order to hit the official. "You need to hit him," Breed allegedly told Moreno. "You need to hit the ref. He needs to pay the price."
- Jay Busbee at Prep Rally17 days ago
A New Jersey high school player who ripped another player's helmet off and hit him with ithas been removed from the team.
Police are investigating the incident, in which a Linden High School player tore the helmet off an Immaculata High player and appeared to hit him with the helmet. The injured player later received 10 stitches. Neither player has been named because of their ages.
"The brutal action taken by this young man is simply unacceptable and will not be condoned," Linden School Superintendent Danny Robertozzi said in a statement. The school board is pursuing the "severest disciplinary measures permitted under law," he added.
The player was penalized during the game for unsportsmanlike conduct, but was not removed from the game.
- Jay Busbee at Prep Rally18 days ago
We all make little mistakes at our jobs, but sometimes, little mistakes turn into huge ones ... like mistaking weed killer for fertilizer.
Behold the field at St. Edward High School in Elgin, Illinois. That's what happens when you bring the pain instead of the love for your turf.
“It was an honest mistake made in the mixing of chemicals for the field and they feel terrible about it,” St. Edward athletic director P.J. White said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Someone grabbed the wrong bottle when they were mixing chemicals.”
- Jay Busbee at Prep Rally18 days ago
Great story here: Kris Silbaugh of Cambridge Springs (Pennsylvania) High School has become his school's leading receiver despite having only one hand.
Silbaugh was born without a left hand. “It was just some sort of birth defect,” Silbaugh told USA Today. “Nothing was wrong. It has never stopped me. I just don’t let it; never have.”
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His 43-yard touchdown catch during a blowout of Saegertown (Pennsylvania) High was enough to put Silbaugh over the top, with 915 career yards at Cambridge Springs.
Growing up, Silbaugh was the kind of kid who didn't let his situation define him. He simply taught himself how to do everything he needed to do with one hand, and by the time he was ready for football, he knew exactly how to succeed.
- Jay Busbee at Prep Rally25 days ago
An assistant coach has been suspended and legal action could be pending in the wake of an ugly incident during a Texas high school football game in which two players deliberately targeted a referee.
Video shows two players from John Jay High School, senior Mike Moreno and sophomore Victor Rojas, deliberately hitting back judge Robert Watts in the closing minutes of a game against Marble Falls.
Earlier in the game, two John Jay players were ejected after throwing punches, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
An investigation by the Northside Independent School District resulted in the suspension of assistant coach Mack Breed for allegedly saying, "That guy needs to pay for cheating us," referring to the referee.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally29 days ago
The high school football season is off to a heartbreaking start. On Friday night, a 16-year-old sophomore from Louisiana died after being injured on a punt return.
Tyrell Cameron was a middle linebacker on the Franklin Parish High team. He was wheeled off the field on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital. The school issued a statement on Twitter.
Tyrell will live on in the memory of those who loved him. Prayers for his family. Support from throughout the state is greatly appreciated
“He was humble,” a former teammate told USA Today. “He was very instinctive and had overwhelming potential. We would tell him how good he was going to be and he never accepted it. He would just flash us a grin and shake his head."
Please continue to pray for this entire community of Franklin Parish. pic.twitter.com/DEMS71ZS5p
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally1 mth ago
At least 17 players on the Bellevue (Wash.) High School football team have been enrolled in classes at a small private school called The Academic Institute over the last seven years, according to a Seattle Times investigative report. Two former teachers at the school described it as a place with no academic standards, or a "diploma mill" designed to help star athletes remain eligible regardless of academic performance.
Bellevue has won 11 state titles in the last 15 years. Reporters Josh Liebeskind and Mike Baker write that The Academic Institute is located in an office complex. Because it is a private school that does not have a football program, students can play at their district's public school. One player reported using an uncle's address in Bellevue during his freshman year. By his sophomore year, Bellevue head coach Butch Goncharoff reportedly helped the player's family pay rent for an apartment in the Bellevue district.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally1 mth ago
Three high school football players in Virginia say they were duped into visiting a college football program that doesn't exist. A man named Willie Williamson invited the boys to tour Redemption Christian College in Virginia Beach.
“We were under the impression that it was this big thing," Bernard Walker said. "He made it seem like, you know, the college is really known in the area, we get a lot of people there, a lot of support from churches, and everything like that."
“So we came out here and this is what it was, we came to his house,” Walker said.
When Walker and his friends Keishay Harvey and Robert Brown asked to see the school, Williamson told them that they were already at it. It's an online college.
WVEC reports that Virginia Beach police investigated but found no criminal activity. They handed the case over to the fraud investigation team.
Williamson told the station that there is a football program through the school's sister school, Century International College. “I just brought other kids down here, I’m still bringing kids here, so you publicize it,” he said.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally2 mths ago
The organization Little People of America is asking an Illinois high school to change the name of the school’s mascot. The Freeburg High School sports teams have been known as the “Freeburg Midgets” since the 1930s.
“[It’s] kind of a derogatory, objectifying, dehumanizing term,” Gary Arnold, president of LPA, told . “If you have a family that happens to have a person with dwarfism down the road, you know, that’s going to create a very difficult environment for them to go to high school.”
School apparel is known as “midgetwear,” according to an . The organization says there are other schools across the country that use the mascot and it’s asking all of them to change. It singled out Freeburg because the town is near St. Louis, where LPA is currently holding a national conference.
Freeburg’s superintendent, Andrew Lehman, contends that the name is a “point of pride” in the town of 4,300. A local sportswriter gave the school’s basketball team the nickname in the 1930s, and it stuck. The school board doesn’t see it as offensive.
“That term can be very subjective. What’s offensive to one person or group of people is going to have a very different meaning to other people,” Lehman said.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 mths ago
The starting quarterback on the Liberty North (Kansas City, MO.) freshman football team will be catching a lot of attention this fall. For the first time in school history, a girl will be calling the shots.
Brooke Liebsch has been playing Pop Warner football for six years. " I used to play soccer and I didn’t like it," she told . "Then, one day, I caught a football and I’m like, I want to play football. Let’s go."
Making her the starter is such an obvious choice, coach Brian Rockers told WDAF, that it’s hardly gaining attention in town. He went as far as saying that it’s actually easier to coach her than some of the boys.
“Girls listen a lot better than guys do for some reason,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. She allows us to coach and she lets us coach her and she listens.”
She’s also willing to play any position on the field. If there’s a spot she prefers to avoid, it’s those traditionally given to females on high school teams, like placeholder and offensive line.