Warren, Hancock football teams to play this fall

Devils vow to forfeit if stipulations aren't met



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.



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.



• 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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