Wewa Coach Reaction

By: Amy Morris
By: Amy Morris

A high school football game turned ugly last week when the game dissolved into a street fight right on the field. Panama City Beach police are saying they do not expect to file any criminal charges, but parents and the State Athletic Association aren't dropping the ball.

According to police reports, Wewa head football coach Charles Winchester and one of his assistants called a play called "smoothgun.” It calls for the players to rush the other team before the snap. The play got Wewa head coach Charles Winchester and an assistant booted from high school football, and many Wewa fans say they're happy to see the coach go.

"I think it's good on the kids’ behalf. They lay down because they don't want to play for him," says Eudy Madrid, a Wewa fan.

Panama City Beach police say coach Winchester told his team to go after the Arnold quarterback Jared Hale, but at least one set of Wewa parents claim an Arnold coach punched their son during the fight that followed the controversial play.

"He called us that night from Arnold High School on someone's cell phone and said that the coach had punched him in the throat and it was really hurting," says Teresa Sanders, a Wewa parent.

Sanders’ home video of the fight appears to show a member of the Arnold coaching staff hitting a Wewa player. Sanders claims it is Arnold head coach James Hale and have filed a complaint against him.

Beach police turned the case over to the state attorney's office but don't expect any charges to be filed.

"It's football, where do you draw the line? File criminal charges against every NFL player who gets into a “fracas” on the field?" says Dave Humphreys of the Panama City Peach PD.

The Sanders' say all they're looking for is an apology. The Florida High School Athlete Association suspended one Arnold High player from competition for six weeks because of his actions during the fight.

The Wewa High School football program is on administrative probation for two years.


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