By Steve Williams
Three players from Halls and two from Seymour were ejected for fighting in the two teams’ high school football game Thursday night at Seymour High School.
Halls High head football coach Jeremy Bosken also was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct after “a major fight broke out” with 1:38 left in the third quarter, according to the Officials’ Game Report that was submitted to the TSSAA.
“We have been investigating this all day,” said TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress Friday afternoon.
“He (Coach Bosken) will have to sit out the next game and the school will be fined.”
Players who are ejected for fighting also have to sit out their next game, according to TSSAA bylaws.
According to the officials’ report, the ejected Halls players were No. 4, No. 7 and No. 8. The Seymour players ejected were No. 54 and No. 70.
Halls won the game 25-0. The Red Devils are scheduled to play at David Crockett High, which is located in Jonesborough, in first round action of the Class 5A playoffs this Friday night.
The Focus on Saturday offered Coach Bosken the opportunity to comment on the incident. His reply: “No comment. Sorry it is still under investigation.”
The Focus also contacted Halls Athletic Director Meagan Booth Saturday for a comment.
“We are in conversations with the TSSAA to appeal all ejections from Thursday night,” stated Booth. “We support our coach and players, regardless of the outcome of those appeals.”
Bosken previously was the head football coach at David Crockett. He’s in his first season as head coach at Halls.
As of Saturday afternoon, however, Bosken will not get to coach against Crockett and three Red Devil players will not get to play.
POWELL WINS FINALE: Powell, which had to forfeit six wins this season for playing an ineligible player, ended its season with a 27-13 win at South-Doyle Thursday night.
Powell High was notified by the TSSAA of its sanctions and fines prior to the Panthers’ game at West during Week 8. The Panthers’ games at West and Oak Ridge were emotional.
Tracy Heard, who has a son on the Powell team and shared photos with The Focus this season, made the following statement after the game at South-Doyle:
“It wasn’t teary eyed emotional after the game. I think all the kids went through the emotions during the last two games (at West and Oak Ridge).
“Coach Lowe gave them all the time they needed with their family and friends afterwards. The kids were just laughing and taking pictures with each other. I think being able to end on a win after everything they went through was what the boys needed to end their season.
“The students rushed on to the field afterwards and everyone stood in prayer with coach. It was a good night.”
GOOD FOR KERR: Larry Kerr, former head football coach at Halls and Anderson County, came out of retirement prior to the 2017 season to rebuild Union County High’s football program.
Kerr and the Patriots enjoyed the fruits of their labor Friday night when Union County defeated Grainger High 20-8 to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs. They will play at Kerr’s previous post, Anderson County High, in the first round this Friday.
Anderson County, the Region 2-4A champion, is 10-0. Kerr’s Patriots, fourth-place finishers in Region 1, are 6-4.
PREPS OF THE PAST: One year ago on Oct. 27, 2017 – Hardin Valley Academy didn’t make the playoffs, but the Hawks upset Farragut 37-36 at HVA, scoring the winning touchdown and two-point conversion with 8.2 seconds on the clock. Grayson Vaughn passed to Noah Moro for the TD. Coach Wes Jones chose to go for the win instead of a tying PAT. On the two-point conversion, Vaughn faked a give to Aaron Dykes and hit Travis Griffin for the winner.