District rules 'no grounds' for bullying after major Texas blowout

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

UPDATE:

Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan said that the school district has finished its investigation and found "no grounds" for bullying after Buchanan's team dismantled Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0, causing one parent to file a complaint, according to ESPN.

Buchanan played his second and third-string guys throughout most of the second half and simplified the playbook, but Aledo still outscored the opponents 35-0 over the final two quarters.

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A Texas high school football game got somewhat out of hand last week, and now a parent of a player on the wrong side of the blowout is claiming that the beating constitutes bullying.

Aledo High School's football team has been significantly better than its opponents this season, winning by an average of 77 points per game over district opponents. Last week, Aledo beat Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0 and a complaint was filed by a Western Hills parent.

Not everyone is in agreement with this sentiment.

“I think the game was handled fine,” Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They're No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We're fighting a real uphill battle right now.

“We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know. [Aledo] just plays hard. And they're good sports, and they don't talk at all. They get after it, and that's the way football is supposed to be played in Texas.”

Aledo coach Tim Buchanan is in fact more troubled by the result than Naylor.

“I'm upset about it,” Buchanan told the paper. “I don't like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring.

“I have to address it. It's not something you can laugh off or anything like that. What they said was that I should've told my players to ease up and not play so hard.”

Buchanan said that he has the support of school administration, but Texas law requires Aledo's principal to investigate the matter.

(h/t Prep Rally)

 
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