Aquinas coach complains of Warren County play

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Aquinas High School will go into the Class A state playoffs minus two senior starters.

Both Dane Anderson and Collin Oliver will be out for the rest of the season after they they were injured on what their coach called questionable hits in the loss to Warren County on Friday. Fighting Irish coach Matt LeZotte said he’s going to submit film to the GHSA.

LeZotte said Anderson was hurt when a Screaming Devils player took out Anderson at the knee. As for Oliver, LeZotte said an opponent, after taking a couple steps back, dove at Oliver’s ankle on an extra point.

LeZotte said such hits are against the rules.

“I’m not a finger-pointing kind of guy, but there were a couple blatant things done by their players,” LeZotte said. “We have two senior starters on both sides of the ball who won’t be able to play in the playoffs. It’s very frustrating to see their season end on plays like that.”

LeZotte said as bad as the injuries may sound, they are just as bad on video. He also said “heartbroken” would be the best way to describe the injured players.

“Coaches can’t control everything that happens on the field,” LeZotte said. “But you just hate to see the guys’ careers [end]. It’s a situation you can’t go through and nothing be said about it.”

FIRST SETBACK: The way the season had gone until then, it was an usual sight Friday night.

Thomson habitually scored in the 50s on its way to a 9-0 start prior to the Burke County game.

After a scoreless opening quarter, Thomson lost to the Bears, 31-8.

The Bulldogs had scored at least 50 points in six consecutive games, but they had only 50 total offensive yards in the first half Friday night.

Thomson, which has been outscored 58-17 in the past two games against Burke County, is playing at home in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs against Henry County.

JUST MISSED: Richmond Academy began the season at 1-4 before reeling off four consecutive wins. The Musketeers fell short of their fourth consecutive trip to the state playoffs by losing to Butler 34-14, though they did put themselves in position.

“We’ve obviously got to get stronger and tougher,” Musketeers coach Chris Hughes said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do with our young guys, but we’ve got a great young group coming back. We feel pretty good about where we’re at.”

This week’s big games

Morgan County at Laney

The Wildcats are home for a state playoff game for the first time since 2005.

Butler at Sandy Creek

The Bulldogs’ first state playoff game since 2003 comes against the two-time defending champion.

Athens Academy at Aquinas

The Irish have the first home playoff game in team history.

Fox Creek at Christ Church

The Predators visit the 10-1 Cavaliers in the second round.

J.L. Mann at North Augusta

The Yellow Jackets begin postseason play in 2011 after reaching the semifinals in 2010.

Staff writer Chris Gay contributed to this story.

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kiwiinamerica 11/07/11 - 11:35 pm
I hear ya Matt. If there's

I hear ya Matt. If there's one thing I've learned from watching high school sport, it's that in general, officiating is abysmal. Soccer referees are a complete joke and I'm sure football is not too much different. After all, there's a reason these guys are officiating at this level and not further up the ladder.

cornellsharris 11/08/11 - 08:09 am
Sad thing is, all that Warren

Sad thing is, all that Warren County has went through with their Head Coach and the Hancock incident. Makes you think was this something taught just, because they really had no way of making the state playoffs, after a good season... I feel like they need to stop, the talk with Hancock, because this is just as bad, both of those players will require surgery just like the Warren County coach. This makes the Warren Cty team no better than the Hancock team... Bad Coaching leads to undiscipline players. I an sure by the actions of the Warren team Friday night, Hancock might have been a retaliation situation.

Riverman1 11/08/11 - 08:14 am
Football can have things

Football can have things happen that are legal, yet, not right. An opposing player can slam into an unaware player not involved in the play causing a bad injury. Everyone knows that's dirty football, but it's not against the rules. Coaches have to coach hard hitting, but fair and honorable play.

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