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Four Thomson players suspended following ejection

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 12:22 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 11:14 AM
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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).

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David Parker
David Parker 09/24/13 - 12:34 pm
Saw them on TV but turned it

Saw them on TV but turned it after a minute. Appears it got chippy. Glad Thomson is getting the W after 3 in row.

nocnoc 09/24/13 - 01:16 pm

Juvenile names?

Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 09/24/13 - 03:09 pm
Fighting has no place in

Fighting has no place in sports...the kids got what they deserved!

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 09/24/13 - 03:56 pm

Nonoc...had the players in question rushed for 350 yards and five touchdowns their names would be mentioned...right? So why not for getting thrown out of the game and suspended an additional week for in-game misconduct? If you are going to report the good, you have to report the not so good...

bright idea
bright idea 09/24/13 - 05:16 pm
Dodged a bullet

Other players from both teams dodged a bullet on this. At least one error was corrected though. Was Thomson fined for leaving the bench? No mention in this piece.

nocnoc 09/24/13 - 05:52 pm
They acted like thugs and a 1 game suspension,

for what amounts to premeditated assault is a joke.

While Austin, as usual makes a good point.
However, we are NOT discussing good conduct here. There was no 350 yards or such greatness.

I feel it is one thing to do PR on great students in the paper with parent permission. I also feel it it is another to publish students names and long with their disciplinary actions.

As many of you have noticed in the AC, the RCBOE and many GA BOE's go out of their way to avoid student names and only publish the disciplinary actions & charges.


OCGA 15-11-28 (c) provides as follows: "The general public shall be excluded from hearings involving delinquency, deprivation, or unruliness. Only the parties, their counsel, witnesses, persons accompanying a party for his assistance, and any other persons as the court finds have a proper interest in the proceeding or in the work of the court may be admitted by the court. The court may temporarily exclude the child from the hearing except while allegations of his delinquency or unruly conduct are being heard." OCGA 15-11-60 (g) (1) provides that: "The name or picture of any child under the jurisdiction of the court for the first time shall not be made public by any news media, upon penalty of contempt under Code Section 15-11-62, except as authorized by an order of the court."

However, I now understand this may only cover court cases and not internal BOE student actions offenses?

KSL 09/25/13 - 01:56 am
I neither know, nor care

I neither know, nor care about the circumstances. Just hope the two Grangers are getting the same punishment.

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