Four Thomson players are suspended for this week’s game due to their ejection from a fight during this past Friday’s contest.
Felton Hatcher, Jalen McNair, KT Woods and Quay Cummings are suspended for their involvement in a fight with LaGrange, Bulldogs coach Milan Turner confirmed. Two Grangers players were also ejected. Another Thomson player, Tripp Jones, was mistakenly ejected. He has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by officials.
The suspended Thomson players will miss this Friday’s game against Westminster of Atlanta.
The skirmish appeared to start after a LaGrange player knocked down a Thomson player in the third quarter following a kick return. The Bulldogs would go on to win 31-28 to end a three-game losing streak going back to the 2012 state quarterfinals.
Suspension rules from the GHSA Constitution and By-Laws for 2013-2014:
2.72 Any player, coach, or team attendant who is ejected from a GHSA contest shall be suspended from all levels of competition (i.e., varsity or sub-varsity) in that sport or activity (regular season or playoffs) until the period of suspension has expired.
Ejections are based on judgment calls by an official and are not reviewable or reversible.
A coach shall have no role nor be in attendance at pre-contest warm-ups or activities, and shall not be in attendance at contests until the period of suspension has expired.
A player or team attendant may not be on the competitive area nor in the team bench area during any contest until the period of suspension has expired.
The period of suspension resulting from an ejection will expire as follows:
Football: after the individual has been withheld from the next-scheduled game at the level at which the ejection occurred (and all contests at any other level).