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Father Files Bullying Complaint after Football Shutout

A Western Hills father filed a bullying complaint against Aledo High after 91-0 game.
A father filed a bullying complaint after his son's team lost 91-0.

Friday night, Aledo High beat Western Hills in the shutout in the Fort Worth area.

A Western Hills parent filed an official claim saying, "We all witnessed bullying first hand, it is not a pretty sight."

Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan says his team and his coaches did not bully anyone.

"You don't want to see their kids give up 91 points," Coach Buchanan said. "Our kids aren't very excited at the end of the game, either."

Aledo High has since been cleared of the bullying charge.

In Texas, there is a mercy rule in 6-man football if a team is leading by 45 points at the end of the first half, or achieves a lead of 45 points in the second half.

There is no mercy rule in traditional 11-man football in Texas.

Midland High head coach Craig Yenzer said he has been on both sides of games where there's a dominant team.

"We try to keep our focus on one game at a time," Coach Yenzer said about his team. "You know, we feel good after that type of win but then on the other side of the coin you know you're one step away from getting beat the next week."
 
The Aledo High coach took his starters out early.

"That's what we would do here at Midland High, as far as getting our back ups in and getting them quality time," Yenzer said. "Because in 5-A football you just never know when that back up guy is going to get an opportunity to become a starter because of injury or any other situation. So you certainly want your backup guys ready to go."
 
Across town, Midland Lee football players don't see the 91-0 loss as bullying.

Jon Jarman is an outside linebacker at Lee High. When asked whether the blowout was bullying he said, "I don't know if that's really considered bullying. Sports is sports. There's going to be a winner and there going to be a loser. And clearly some teams are far out-matched. There's blowouts. I don't know about 91 to zero, that seems a little strange."

Reed Knittle, Lee wide receiver, said, "If they were doing the right things, if they weren't trying to intentionally run it up, I don't really see it as bullying or running up the score."

Rebels head Coach James Morton says coaching is a balancing act.

"I think athletics is a great platform to teach some life lessons," Coach Morton said. "I do know the Aledo coach personally and I think he's a good man. I don't think there was any intent on his part."




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