TSSAA investigating Oliver Springs/Monterey football fight

TSSAA investigating Oliver Springs/Monterey football fight

A Friday night football game that left three players ejected is still under investigation. (source: RoaneSports.com) A Friday night football game that left three players ejected is still under investigation. (source: RoaneSports.com)

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OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - A Friday night football game that left three players ejected is still under investigation.

The game was between Oliver Springs High School and Monterey High School and was held at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium in Putnam County.     

The fight broke out during the second half.

Three Oliver Springs football players and two fans were ejected from that game.

April Daugherty, a parent of one of the Oliver Springs players who was at the game, said the fight was not their players fault.

"In my opinion it was the refs," said Daugherty. "The refs at the game let it get totally out of control. They lost control of the players and they just let it get out of hand. They are to blame for this brawl."    

Currently, the fight is in the hands of TSSAA officials.

"Regards to the incident, we have been sent an official report. That is something required by the game officials to send in anytime there are ejections or unsportsmanlike incidents, so we have that report into our office," said TSSAA assistant executive director Matthew Gillespie.

Gillespie said it will be a quick review, but the Oliver Spring players ejected will be suspended from their next sporting event.     

School officials have the right to appeal ejections.

"Our principal at Oliver Springs has looked at the video," said Roane County director of schools Gary Aytes. "He is sending it to our secondary supervisor and our athletic director and they will review."    

Aytes says for now they will follow any punishments given by TSSAA, and will not do anything within the school system.

"Not unless we see something on the video," said Aytes. "I've looked at the video quickly, and I can't see any additional punishment coming to those students."    

Daugherty says she hopes the investigation from the TSSAA will penalize Monterey High School players as well.

"There were several Monterey players that we saw personally also throwing punches," said Daugherty. "There were several that came off the sidelines to join in the brawl, and you can not do that. I hope they review and they get punished as well."

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said no further action will be taken on their part of the incident.

They said one of the fans who was ejected had to be handcuffed, but they were not arrested at the game.

They also said fans from both teams being put on the same side of the stadium exacerbated the problem.     

At the end of the game, officials made all the Oliver Springs fans leave first before allowing the Monterey fans to leave.      

This was the last football game of the season for Oliver Springs High School.   

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