Blaut’s Spartans were awarded the victory and Dayton’s Welcome Stadium was cleared in the second quarter, when a Dunbar player head-butted a referee, removed his helmet, then chased another referee before being restrained by coaches and teammates.
The Roger Bacon Sports Network streamed the game with the incident taking place in the final five minutes of the broadcast.
The Spartans and Wolverines were just five minutes into the second quarter, with Roger Bacon driving and leading 23-8. The 12th penalty on Dunbar resulted in a “half the distance to the goal line” call. At that point, the player head-butts the referee. More flags came out and the player eventually removed his helmet and appeared to chase the head referee (white hat). The field was cleared and the game was declared over shortly thereafter.
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“This is my 31st year coaching and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Blaut told host Scott Sloan.
Blaut said one of his players was punched in the throat on what would turn out to be the game’s final drive. He has since seen it on the game tape. As the penalty was marched off, the player that made the hit to the throat argued with the umpire, which led to the head-butt apparent on video.
“It erupted within 10-15 seconds,” Blaut said. “I was really proud of how my kids reacted or didn’t react. I didn’t want them to get caught up in what was about to happen.”
The Spartans head coach had called for his players to come off the field. Not long after that, an official told Blaut the game was over.
Blaut complimented Dunbar’s athletic abilities and said the Wolverines coach Corey Freed apologized to him after the game. Officials had warned both coaches after the first quarter that the game would be called tightly due to several unsportsmanlike calls during the opening frame.
“He came over and apologized and said that’s not a reflection of his program,” Blaut said of Dunbar’s Freed. “I felt really bad for him. As a coach, you can still discipline your kids and hope they do the right things, but sometimes bad things happen.”