WARRENTON, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A Georgia high school football coach suffers serious injuries after the opposing team attacks him.
Warren County High School football coach David Daniel is recovering from major reconstructive facial surgery after players and fans from the opposing team ambushed his team on Friday.
WRDW-TV reports that the tension began to escalate when both schools’ bands were on the verge of fighting each other. After Daniel’s Warren County team won 21-2 over Hancock Central High School, the players attempted to open up their locker room, only to find out that it was locked. Then, the team was attacked by Hancock players and fans.
Multiple Warren County players suffered bruises. While attempting to protect his players, Daniel was struck in the face with a football helmet, according to Carole Jean Carey, Warren County schools superintendant.
The reconstructive surgery focused in on the crushed bones Daniel suffered above and below his eye. During a procedure done on one of his eyes, doctors were unable to repair his tear duct, Carey said. Daniel, who also received more than 100 stitches, was released from the hospital Sunday night.
Carey has vowed to request criminal charges against those involved in Friday’s ambush with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Carey was scheduled to have a meeting with GBI sometime today, according to WRDW. But a GBI spokesman told CBS Atlanta that they are not involved in the case, adding that the matter is being investigated by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Warren County superintendant did contact our regional investigative office in Thomson which covers that county,” said GBI Spokesman John Bankhead. “However, the incident venue is in Hancock County, not Warren County, and, under Georgia law, a school superintendant cannot initiate a GBI investigation.”
When contacted by CBS Atlanta, one Hancock County Sheriff’s Office official, who refused to give his name, said that the sheriff’s office has not received a request from the board of education to move forward with an investigation.
“We have been notified at this time and we’ll be looking into it,” he said. “We would like to get involved as soon as possible, but there’s no timetable.”
Messages left for Carey by CBS Atlanta were not immediately returned.
Friday’s game was the first time Daniel was coaching against Marleau Blount, the man who was Warren County’s head coach last season before resigning amid a state infraction scandal in August. Daniel, who was the defensive coordinator under Blount, was named head coach shortly thereafter.