- Cullman, Alabama

August 31, 2013

(WITH VIDEO) Walker coach on leave; Cullman plans no reprimands after brawl

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — A Cullman school board official says no discplinary action is planned concerning coaches or football players after Friday night’s post-game incident in Jasper.

In the meantime, the head football coach of the Walker Vikings, John Holladay, has been placed on administrative leave by the school, according to the Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper.

Representatives of the Alabama High School Athletics Association in Montogomery will meet with Cullman City Schools officials Tuesday as part of a review of the brawl, which left a Cullman coach with visible injuries.

“Our superintendent, Dr. (Doreen) Griffeth was at the game. I talked to her and I understand there is no need to reprimand our coaches and players, that they acted with class and dignity during the situation,” said Suzanne Harbin, president of the Cullman Board of Education. “Dr. Griffeth, Coach Britton and Dr. Elton Bouldin (Cullman principal) will be in Montgomery Tuesday to meet with officials from the Alabama High School Athletic Association. I understand there is video of the incident that is being reviewed.”

Shortly after the Bearcats rushed the field to celebrate their victory, a full-on brawl broke out. Cullman defensive coordinator Matt Hopper emerged with a torn shirt and visibly cut, bruised and bloodied face.

Harbin said Hopper received medical attention after the post-game incident but was home and well later Friday night.

“There’s always two sides to every story and we always respect that, but the reports we have received show that our coaches and players used restraint. Coach Britton prepares for potential incidents like this and has a signal he gives for his players and coaches to clear the field. I understand that he did that last night. He reacted the right way and I also understand our school resource officers also did a great job,” Harbin said.