A week after two players from John Jay High in San Antonio targeted and hit an official, the team returned to the field in hopes of getting away from the incident that has garnered national attention and been seen millions of times online.
The result was a 37-14 loss to Del Rio that no personal foul penalties against John Jay.
“Good crowd, good game, well played,” Northside Independent School District Superintendent Robert Woods told the San Antonio Express News. “Not the outcome we wanted as far as the final score but great night.”
A crowd of 3,139 was at the game, less than was anticipated, although it was a rainy night and the game was delayed for 30 minutes by lightning.
“I thought it’d be a lot more frenzied I guess,” Del Rio coach Frenchey McCrea Jr. told the Express-News. “We came in here just like this — it’s another ballgame that we want to play, and that’s what we did.”
In new developments, the district announced that the two players who have been suspended from the team and from school would attend the district’s alternative school while the disciplinary process continues.
“The district felt it was better they were in an educational setting while awaiting their disciplinary hearing,” district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said.
Among questions about the culture that surrounds the program — and even suggestions that the season should have been canceled — the district defended is handling of the situation.
“Northside is more upset about this than anybody,” school board president Katie Reed said. “I was appalled. We all were.
“Northside is all about the kids. We want the best students, and we want them to become the best adults. This isn’t beneficial for that. And I don’t think (the video) should be shown over and over. I don’t think that does anybody any good. Hopefully, it’ll be over soon and we can move on.”