Warren, Hancock football teams to play this fall

Devils vow to forfeit if stipulations aren't met

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 4:06 PM
Last updated Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2:27 PM
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The Warren County and Hancock Central football teams, which were involved in a brawl after their Oct. 14 game at Hancock Central last season, are scheduled to play each other this fall, but fans might not be allowed to attend the game.

According to the Georgia High School Association’s Web site, Warren County’s Screaming Devils and the Bulldogs will play Sept. 28 in Warrenton. The teams are Region 7-A members.

“We knew they would be on our schedule,” Warren County school Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said. “We’ve already decided, if we play them, it would have to be on a neutral field or on our field.”

Carey also wants a fan-free game if Warren County is to play Hancock Central, though she said players’ parents and school officials would be welcome to attend.

Carey didn’t want the player who hit Warren County head coach David Daniel to play.

She said that if all stipulations were not met, Warren County would forfeit the game.

The Hancock Central player who hit Daniel had his identity redacted from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s report.

In the report, the player said Daniel hit first. Daniel has denied that claim.

Hancock County school Superintendent Gwendolyn Jefferson Reeves said the Hancock Central player was a senior this past football season.

Reeves said she respects Carey’s stipulations, saying she would “of course” respect Carey’s wishes. Reeves hopes to sit with Carey during next season’s game, if it is played.

“I am elated,” Reeves said about the teams playing next season. “The students are fine. I want the adults to become fine with it. It’s history and it’s over. If you keep dwelling on a bad situation, how is it ever going to get better?”

Carey said she’s planning to have co-head coaches for Warren County this season.

Daniel would be one of the coaches; the other coach hasn’t been selected yet.

THE BACK STORY

WARREN COUNTY-HANCOCK CENTRAL

BACKGROUND: On Oct. 14, a fight broke out in Hancock County between players after a Hancock Central-Warren County football game. Warren County coach David Daniel was severely injured after being hit with a helmet.

DEVELOPMENTS:

• On Oct. 20, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stepped in to look into the incident after a request by the Hancock County sheriff.

• On Jan. 25, a Hancock County grand jury decided that “no indictment be returned against anyone” involved in the fight.

• On Feb. 1, Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearingin said the association was still looking into the brawl.

• On Feb. 14, the Warren County boys basketball team forfeited the game rather than play Hancock Central. Superintendent Carole Jean Carey cited “safety reasons.”

– From staff reports

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 04:24 pm
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Fantastic. There will be a

Fantastic. There will be a huge crowd and there is no way in heck there will be a fight. Money for the athletic programs.

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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 04:29 pm
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Now why would anyone throw

Now why would anyone throw racism into this thing? Stupid.

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Austin Rhodes 04/24/12 - 04:31 pm
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RM must have been reading an

RM must have been reading an incomplete article when he posted that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 04:36 pm
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Ha, about the fan free crowd,

Ha, about the fan free crowd, Austin. I just saw that. But that can change. Really, I think it should. They could draw a record crowd and there's no way there would be trouble.

The part about racism being thrown into the mix stands and you know where that came from....Mississippi 60's era references and all.

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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 05:11 pm
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Are we seriously saying this

Are we seriously saying this football after-game-fight is the same as 1960's civil rights police discrimination?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/24/12 - 05:16 pm
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"It’s history and it’s over.

"It’s history and it’s over. If you keep dwelling on a bad situation, how is it ever going to get better?”

Forgive me, but didn't a player beat a coach on the head with a helmet, a beating so violent that the coach was hospitalized only a few months ago?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/24/12 - 05:42 pm
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Sponsored by the WWF or the

Sponsored by the WWF or the Republican National Comittee?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/24/12 - 06:08 pm
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Hang tough, Carole Jean and

Hang tough, Carole Jean and David.

americafirst
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americafirst 04/24/12 - 07:11 pm
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You are correct insider and

You are correct insider and his injury and pain won't be over. Let that Superintendent tell him not to dwell on it.

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nothin2show4it 04/24/12 - 07:39 pm
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Hit him again, hit him again,
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Hit him again, hit him again, harder, harder!!!!

The game goes on and no one is punished for the crime. Gotta be Georgia football at it's finest. Hold your heads high Georgia, maybe that is why you were ranked 49th in academic scores.

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Just My Opinion 04/24/12 - 08:34 pm
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Rumor is that the Hancock

Rumor is that the Hancock Central player who hit the coach is being recruited by the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Do you think they have any idea of what this kid was involved in?? I mean, I know any kid deserves a second chance, so I sure hope he turns things around for himself. As far as there being "no way" for another fight to break out when the 2 teams play...."no way"?? Are you kidding me? When you get high school kids together with stupid reasoning, there is ALWAYS a way for violence to erupt...even if there were a hundred cops there.

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Insider Information 04/24/12 - 09:39 pm
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This Reeves person is down

This Reeves person is down right creepy.

She is "elated" that the two teams will play again. Can we say blood lust?

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HighSociety 04/24/12 - 09:47 pm
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If he is being recruited by

If he is being recruited by SC don't worry they will find out, but I doubt that will stop them.

Is far as the game goes I say let them play. Do you know how many fights have taken place over the years with teams like Butler/Hephzibah, Josey/Laney or Butler/Glen Hills. Some with gun fire exchanged. The point is as long as there are large groups of teens (insert a few thugs) in an area together fights are going to happen. You have to treat these events as you would a teen club. Lots of security!

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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:01 pm
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Real nice RA. I'll be there.
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Real nice RA. I'll be there. Will you?

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:07 pm
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OK, ACES what about RA's
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OK, ACES what about RA's comments?

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:07 pm
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OK, ACES what about RA's
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OK, ACES what about RA's comments?

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:07 pm
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OK, ACES what about RA's
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OK, ACES what about RA's comments?

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:08 pm
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And you want to censor me?
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And you want to censor me?

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debbiep38 04/24/12 - 10:12 pm
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RA, if you're there i RA, if
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RA, if you're there i

RA, if you show up i'll be on the Warren side with aLincoln county Red Devil's tee shirt. Look for me. Introduce yourself.

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wise ole man 04/24/12 - 10:29 pm
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Very sad situation to find

Very sad situation to find yourself in- Dr. Carey forfeited the basketball games because of a safety issue & the GHSA did nothing. Who made the schedule? They should be held responsible for any further attacks on either side. As far as the comments from the Hancock Superintendent- how silly and unprofessional. Do you really think Dr. Carey would sit with you after the comments you made on the medIa? You all but referred Dr. Carey was all but short of hysterically insane. What parent in their right mind would allow their child to attend or partake in this game!

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nothin2show4it 04/25/12 - 05:20 am
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Maybe the New Orleans Saints
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Maybe the New Orleans Saints should look to the Hancock Co. School System for recruits!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/12 - 07:47 am
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@Insider Information

@Insider Information regarding his 5:16 p.m. post — the GBI report did not say whether the football helmet that caused the broken bone was swung or thrown. In my opinion, it would have to have been swung to cause that kind of damage.

Okay, you've got a high-school junior saying the Warren County coach hit him (the junior) first. The coach says no. Who do you believe? The GBI did not come to any conclusion. The Hancock County grand jury took the side of the junior.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/12 - 07:51 am
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From the sidebar we read

From the sidebar we read this:

• On Feb. 1, Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearingin said the association was still looking into the brawl.

Yeah, a lot of good that is.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/12 - 08:45 am
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You know, Georgia has a

You know, Georgia has a "stand your ground" law similar to Florida's. The football player who decked Coach Daniel set himself up to be in Zimmerman's position, i.e., he claims Coach Daniel threw the first punch. Therefore, the player is allowed to stand his ground and use force to protect himself. The grand jury must have believed the player and thus issued a correct decision not to indict.

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Riverman1 04/25/12 - 09:49 am
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As you can probably tell by

As you can probably tell by my remarks I downplayed the whole thing. It's sad the coach was seriously hurt, but there appeared to be lots of blame on both sides. Both teams had lots of black players, too, so I can't see saying this was a racial thing worthy of civil rights battles in the 60's in Mississippi. I swear someone said that. There are statements the coach jumped in to the fight and had made contact with the player who hit him. I'm sure he was just protecting his players, but that still brings a cloud into the whole matter as LL is getting at.

It would be best to downplay the brawl, play the game with the crowd present, warn the players and fans their season will be cancelled if there is any incident and have ample security. That would be a very hard hitting game with a huge crowd that will give the visiting team lots of money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/12 - 10:02 am
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In the article the Warren Co.

In the article the Warren Co. school superintendent says she wants the game played without fans. She wants only school officials and parents of team members. The students will have to stand outside the stadium, apparently. There will be no large gate receipts.

Keeping the students outside the stadium is probably a good idea for this one game. Next year things can return to normal.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/25/12 - 10:20 am
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Yeah, I saw the thing about

Yeah, I saw the thing about no fans, but I belive that's a mistake. Just don't play the game if you are that worried. Of course her school loses nothing. In Georgia the visiting team gets the gate if I remember correctly.

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David Parker 04/25/12 - 10:29 am
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"If you keep dwelling on a

"If you keep dwelling on a bad situation, how is it ever going to get better?”

Edmund Burke said all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing.

Both have their merit i suppose.

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David Parker 04/25/12 - 10:31 am
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Fans should be included. The

Fans should be included. The wound is deep and involves communities pitted against each other because of the incident. Let the fans/communities heal too.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/12 - 11:00 am
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If they prohibit students

If they prohibit students from attending the game, do you think the students would want to mill around outside the stadium? There would be all sorts of opportunities for mischief. I would think that the schools would have city policemen, county sheriff's deputies, and maybe even state patrol officers there to insist the students "move on" and stay off school property.

That ought to be interesting—more interesting than the football game.

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