JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Georgia High School Association is investigating an illegal hit by a Ware County High School football player on a defenseless Glynn Academy kicker last Friday night, officials confirmed to First Coast News on Wednesday.
YouTube video of the hit at the Oct. 9 game shows the Ware County player barrel through Glynn’s kicker during his follow through on a kickoff at some point in the game.
The kicker, who was not hurt, remained in the game as Glynn went on to win.
The Ware County player who made the hit, however, was flagged on the play and ejected from the game, Tommy Whittle, associate director for football for the GHSA, told First Coast News in a phone interview.
Because of the ejection, Ware’s player is automatically suspended for the school’s next game, Whittle said.
The GHSA, added Whittle, has reached out to Ware County for details regarding the hit, but the school district is on fall break so the investigation will have to wait until students and staff return.
The investigation is routine for any ejection, Whittle said.
Representatives for Glynn Academy declined to comment, citing the active investigation.
The Ware County player, whom First Coast News is not identifying, took to social media to defend the hit, reportedly saying his coach told him to do it, according to the sports blog ScoreATL.