Tahlequah Daily Press

Z_CNHI News Service

September 3, 2013

Postgame brawl leaves high school coach bloodied (VIDEO)

JASPER, Ala. — When two rival Alabama high school football teams squared off Friday night, the hardest hits were landed by the coaches.

A postgame brawl left one assistant coach bloodied and bruised, and another coach on administrative leave.

The visiting Cullman High School staged a come-from-behind 13-10 victory over Walker High School on Friday. As the teams began leaving the field, Cullman defensive coordinator Matt Hopper approached Walker head coach John Holladay.

The two appeared to shout at each other, and then Holladay punched Hopper, according to video of the scrum. Players, coaches and law enforcement officials swarmed the pair in an attempt to break up the fight, and Hopper emerged with a torn shirt and visibly bruised and bloodied face.

Holladay has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Ala. Cullman school board officials said they have no plans to discipline coaches or players for the brawl.

Suzanne Harbin, president of the Cullman Board of Education, said Superintendent Doreen Griffeth was at Friday’s game and witnessed the fight.

“I talked to her and I understand there is no need to reprimand our coaches and players, that they acted with class and dignity during the situation,” Harbin said.

Harbin said Hopper received medical attention after the fight but was home and well later Friday night.

The fight was the latest in several years of bad blood between the rival programs. Last season when the two teams met in the playoffs, a near-brawl late in the fourth quarter led to Cullman avoiding the postgame midfield meeting and sprinting straight to the locker room. 

Details for this story were reported by The Cullman (Ala.) Times.

1
Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Stocks