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 TEGNA partner First Coast News.
YouTube video of the hit at the Oct. 9 game shows the Ware County (Waycross, Ga.) 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 (Brunswick, Ga.) 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, said. Because of the ejection, Ware’s player is automatically suspended for the school’s next game.
The player, Ware County junior Ronnie Adams took to social media and said he was instructed by his coach to make the hit.
According to sports blog scoreATL.com, he wrote, “My coach told me to do that so I did it. I’m the hit man for Ware County. Hit me up if you wanna know more.” He then listed a phone number.”
White did not specify which coach or coaches instructed him to make the hit and there has been no corroboration beyond Adams’ claim on social media.
The GHSA 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.
Representatives for Glynn Academy declined to comment, citing the active investigation.
The incident is getting attention as the UIL in Texas is set to hold another hearing in the case of the two San Antonio John Jay players who blindsided an official during a game. They have claimed an assistant coach directed them to hit the official. The coach has denied the allegations.
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Contributing: First Coast News, Jacksonville