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The two San Antonio-area high school football players who targeted and blindsided an official during a game Friday have been suspended and could face criminal charges, according to ESPN.

The two John Jay High School defensive backs are suspended from school indefinitely pending an investigation by the school district. ESPN reports the official—named Robert Watts, according to the Austin American-Statesman—wants to press charges. The AAS also names the players involved, and notes that one of them remained in the game to commit further violence:

Northside ISD athletic director Steve Laing told KENS-TV in San Antonio the two players involved in the incident — sophomore linebacker Victor Rojas and senior defensive back Michael Moreno — have been suspended from the team, pending an NISD investigation.

To muddle matters even more, one of the players who was ejected was not involved in the play. Officialls incorrectly tossed out senior defensive back Trenton Hobdy instead of Moreno.

One play after the umpire was struck, a personal foul was called on Moreno for hitting the Marble Falls quarterback, who had taken a knee to run out the clock. Moreno was assessed a 15-yard penalty but was not ejected.


We’ve received dozens of emails about the incident from people affiliated with both John Jay and Marble Falls, the team on offense in the above-seen play. Everything, to this point, is hearsay—and what we’ve heard runs the full range of finger-pointing. As always, if you know something you can email us.

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