Two San Antonio high school football players are suspended and potentially face criminal charges after the pair dealt huge blindside hits to a referee.
In the video, you can see one of the defensive backs charging the ref from behind while the other defensive back delivers a hit after the official had already fallen. According to ESPN, the two players attacked the back judge in the waning moments of a 15-9 loss at Marble Falls, which is located about 90 miles north of San Antonio.
Both players were immediately ejected from the game and later suspended indefinitely from the team and from school, pending an investigation by the Northside Independent School District. The referee was “very upset” and “wanting to press charges,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott said.
“The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again,” stated Elliott. The secretary declined to release the referee’s name and added he was seeking guidance from the state officials association.
NFL Referees Association executive director Jim Quirk released a statement Monday condemning the brutal blindside hits.
“These types of actions against any game official at any level are inexcusable,” the statement read in part. “We fully support the suspensions of the players involved, along with a full and complete investigation by the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL).”