DeMatha High School football players kicked off team for hiring prostitutes

Five football players from DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland have reportedly been kicked off the team after an incident involving prostitutes. The No. 7-ranked Stags had traveled to North Carolina for their season opener against Hillside when the alleged incident occurred. Two players have since withdrawn from the school while another two have been recommended for expulsion. The fifth student faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday morning.

Naturally, you’re probably wondering how this went down. One parent says the students hired prostitutes from a call service in North Carolina and engaged in sexual activity with them in their hotel room. DeMatha had 18 adults chaperoning the trip, but the boys supposedly called the service at 5 a.m. The parents perform a bed check at 1:30 a.m. and a final hall check at 4 a.m.

“My concern is where were the coaches and chaperones and how did this happen?” the parent of one of the players who was involved said, according to the Washington Post. “These are boys, you should have been on them, knocking on their doors. …Why are there (18) coaches at this hotel and kids are able to sneak three prostitutes in at 5 a.m.?”

The head football coach and principal at the school said they could not comment until the players involved go through a disciplinary hearing. To the parent who is blaming the administration for her son allegedly ordering a prostitute at 5 a.m — what are the chaperones supposed to do? Everyone goes to sleep at some point. You can’t possibly watch the team every minute of the night, nor should you have to with high school students.

While the team certainly needs to be supervised, that doesn’t mean the players aren’t old enough to take responsibility for their actions. They knew what they were doing was wrong, otherwise they wouldn’t have waited until 5 a.m. We’ve heard people say soccer players love prostitutes, but at least they were talking about professionals. Was it a case of high school kids being high school kids? Of course, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t accountable.

Sixth grader Andrew Robison is youngest player to throw TD in varsity game (Video)

If Doug Flutie can do it, so can Andrew Robison. When the starting quarterback for Franklin Christian Academy in Tennessee went down with cramping recently, the only backup quarterback they had handy was a bit young for varsity play. No, he was not a freshman. He wasn’t an inexperienced sophomore or an eight-grader whose skills are so advanced he can hang with the high schoolers. Instead, the quarterback they turned to is in sixth grade.

Enter Robison, who is no more than 11 or 12 years old yet somehow managed to fire a 63-yard touchdown pass with his first ever snap in a varsity game. As Off the Bench pointed out, that unofficially makes him the youngest player to ever throw a touchdown pass in a varsity high school game.

Robison is the starting quarterback for Franklin’s middle school team, and he is listed at 5-foot-1, 100 pounds. Typically we would wonder if his parents were angry with the coach for putting their son in danger against much larger kids, but Andrew’s father, Drew Robison, happens to be the head football coach and athletic director at Franklin Christian.

We are no strangers to major colleges recruiting 14-year-old quarterbacks and eighth graders to play hoops, but is it possible Robison will set the bar even higher (lower?) after his recent performance? Nothing would surprise us at this point.

Photo via MaxPreps

Moms Form Cheerleading Squad for Successful Michigan High School Team

A football team without cheerleaders is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on an onion roll — it just doesn’t make sense. The St. Ignace Saints, a high school team in Michigan, have no cheerleaders because of a lack of interest and a small student body of only 215 people. They do, however, have mothers who care.

According to UpNorthLive.com, a bunch of moms got together several weeks ago and formed a cheerleading squad for the St. Ignace football team.  In addition to standing on the sidelines on Friday nights and jumping around with their pom poms, the group of roughly 16 mothers have also been holding pep rallies at the school on Thursdays.  Check it out:

[Read more...]

High Schooler Kimlon Dillon Leaps into End Zone from 5-Yard Line (Video)

When football teams line up in their goal-line offense and are looking to score from about one or two yards out, a running back can attempt to jump over the pile. Oftentimes the flight results in a score while other times it causes pain and/or fumbling. There are also times when running backs and wide receivers leap into the end zone just to show off on their way to a score.  Kimlon Dillon from Apopka, Fla. topped all of them when he jumped into the end zone from five yards out and scored a touchdown.  Check out this awesome video that Prep Rally shared with us:

[Read more...]

High Schooler Gary Simpson Arrested for Punching Coach During Game

Oftentimes in the wonderful, yet violent, world of football, we see tempers flaring on the field. Unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties are a part of the game at all levels. What do you expect from a sport that is based around 250-pound guys trying to hurt each other?

On rare occasions, we see frustration from a game spill over off the field.  We all remember the infamous LeGarrette Blount post-game incident in 2009 when he punched an opponent square in the jaw.  You may even recall the time Steve Smith was suspended for breaking a teammate’s nose during training camp.  However, there has not been an abundance of physical altercations between players and coaches.

Unfortunately, such an event took place during a Pennsylvania high school football game on Friday night.  According to the Erie Times-News via Prep Rally, East High senior Gary Simpson was arrested and hauled off the field in handcuffs after he punched his coach, Michael Cutter, in the face.  As of Wednesday morning, the 18-year-old’s $25,000 bond had yet to be posted and he remained in jail.

[Read more...]

High Schooler Austin Pacheco Hits 64-Yard Field Goal (Video)

If a high school football player hits a 64-yard field goal that could have easily gone 70, is he destined for the NFL? I’m aware that accuracy is more important in the long run, but if I’m an NFL organization I’m taking a chance on Nevada’s Austin Pachecho at some point. Check out this kick, courtesy of Deadspin:

The longest kick in NFL history is 63 yards, and those guys are the most elite in the world. The kick was only the fourth longest in high school history, so again accuracy is obviously what separates NFL kickers from the rest. That being said, Pacheco made it look easy. There aren’t many people out there who can pull that off.

A Mother’s Facebook Post Costs Tennessee High School Team Three Wins

Allow me to preface this post by saying I feel badly for the two high schoolers involved. I really do. Sure, they were doing something they should not have been, but when you are a minor, certain things are out of your control. You just have to go with the flow of your family.

That being said, the absentmindedness of this high school mom is absolutely hilarious.  According to USA Today, two Tennessee high school players were declared ineligible recently because of something their mother wrote on Facebook.  Not only that, but their third-ranked division Class 1A high school team, the Perry County Vikings, was forced to forfeit the three wins in which the young men participated.

Ryan and Rodney Belasic apparently do not live in Perry County full-time, which is required to be eligible to play on the football team.  As Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association director Bernard Childress pointed out, their mother revealed their little secret in a light-hearted post on her Facebook account.

“But the mother actually works in Henry County, and she posted on her Facebook page that she sent the kids back to Perry County for the week and that she would not see them again until Friday night,” Childress explained. “Then, later on her Facebook page, she posted, ‘How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they’re only here on Saturday and Sunday?'”

Unfortunately the Belasics’ mother spelled it out about as clearly as she possibly could.  Her carelessness created a paper trail of information that otherwise would have more than likely remained a secret — a harmless one at that.  Damn that Facebook.

H/T to Sports by Brooks Live for the story.