Football Team Returns to Field Week After Players Struck Ref

A Texas high school football team has returned to the field a week after two of its players were seen in game video striking a referee.

The Jay Mustangs played Del Rio on Friday before a larger-than-usual home crowd of about 3,100.

Jay fans say the school is being unfairly maligned because of the incident. Robert Davila told KENS-TV the school is "being ambushed for something two kids did."

Video from last week's game against Marble Falls shows one of the players blindsiding umpire Robert Watts, and a second player then diving on top of him.

The players allege that Watts used racial slurs; Watts denies the allegation.

The players were suspended and moved to an alternative school as investigations continue.

Jay lost Friday's game to Del Rio, 37-14.

The University Interscholastic League’s executive committee questioned whether the coaches of two football players accused of intentionally ramming a referee should have done more to calm emotions in a tense game.
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