There are sure to be a number of unfortunate injuries during high school football playoff action over the course of the weekend. None are going to be as bizarre as the one suffered by the man who may be the nation’s most high profile prep football coach.
During the second quarter of No. 3 Colquitt County’s Georgia Class AAAAAA state semifinal against Mill Creek, an over-energized and apparently excited Rush Propst walked right over to a player returning to the sideline and head butted him. The player, place kicker Luis Martinez, was wearing his helmet. Propst, quite naturally, was not. The result was about what you’d expect, as you can see in the image above and video below.
Propst apparently was able to stay in the game, or at least on the sidelines. Surely his adrenaline was enough to dull the pain, but a big bloody head doesn’t make for the best team photo, something that Propst will have to be a part of again now that his team has won and is moving on to the state title game following it’s 52-31 win.
On Saturday, Propst could laugh about the incident.
“Sometimes you have to get your team fired up,” Propst told USA Today Sports’ Jim Halley. “It’s like in baseball, when you get thrown out of a game or in basketball, when you yell at at referee. At least with this, we didn’t get a penalty. I used to do that kind of thing when I was a defensive coordinator. At least with Luis, he was at my level.”
The coach would clearly take that indignity and a win, now that it means moving on.
“I’m not sore today and I feel good in how we played in the second half, especially. We scored four touchdowns and could have scored two more.”