Jasper community reacts to AHSAA sanctions against football team

Jasper community reacts to AHSAA sanctions against football team

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Source: Combs Broadcasting/TV16 Jasper Source: Combs Broadcasting/TV16 Jasper
JASPER, AL (WBRC) -

A fight on the football field has ended in sanctions for two high schools.

It's been nearly a week since former Walker High School head football coach John Holladay and Cullman assistant coach Matt Hopper got into a fight after the Aug. 30 game.

Both coaches have been suspended, each school has been fined $1,500 and Walker High School will not be able to compete in playoffs this season.

Thursday in Jasper, fans gave a variety of reactions but all were disappointed in the entire situation.

"I was really disturbed because it was kind of embarrassing. You know, I couldn't understand what happened. It's bad for the kids," Connie Martin said.

Martin says the kids are the ones really being hurt by this fight.

"It's unfair for the students," Carolyn said. "It's not fair for them to have that taken away just because the coaches were immature."

But Martin and another resident agree that punishment had to be doled out.

"I think it's just better for both to be equally punished for it," Joyce said.

"I think it was very fair," Martin said. "I think that the kids, as long as they're playing football have, a good time. That's what it's all about."

The $1,500 fine can be dropped to $1,000 if coaches and players agree to complete a professional development session through the AHSAA's mentoring program. Walker High School officials said in a statement that they plan to have their team do just that.

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