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Oakman penalized, too

The Wellborn football program wasn’t the only one penalized for Friday night’s post-game fight

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Wellborn wasn’t the only school penalized for its part in the fight with Oakman that broke out at the conclusion of their playoff game Friday night.

Oakman was fined a total of $2,500 by the AHSAA, the Daily Mountain Eagle reported in its Tuesday editions. Four Oakman players were fined $250 each while the school was fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct as well as $500 for fans entering the playing field, the paper reported.

The paper did not identify the players who were fined.

“We are working with the (AHSAA) to make sure that events like that don’t happen again,” Oakman principal Patrick Gann told the newspaper.

Wellborn principal Christopher Hayes made similar assurances.

The Panthers were fined $2,000, placed on one-year zero-tolerance probation and had six players suspended for Friday night’s third-round game against two-time regining state champion Madison Academy.

“With us still playing and them done, we’re the ones getting most of the punishment,” Wellborn coach Jeff Smith told a group of supporters gathered in the gym to hear administrators explain the situation Monday night.

The Panthers won the game 24-23 on Dakota King’s 25-yard field goal with six seconds left. The fight broke out after the final play of the game.

There is a separate investigation underway regarding the officials’ role in the incident, AHSAA director of officials Greg Brewer said Wednesday. A mixed crew from several officiating associations worked the game.

“Anything that was alleged against the officials from either school in that situation will be investigated under a separate issue,” Brewer said. “That process is underway.”

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