Sports are a fest of adrenaline spikes and free-flowing energy. With the charged up players, consistently cheering supporters, and electrifying commentators, the entire arena gets filled up with a supernova-like energy cloud.
A cloud that time and again bursts and reassembles, be it after the victory, a scoring point, halftime, tackles, it can be anything. After the very concept of energy is that it has to flow from one matter to another. But sometimes, in the heat of the moment, the same adrenaline spike might compel players to negatively channel their energy.
Something similar happened during the face-off between the Edinburg High Bobcats and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High Bears. During the two high school football clash on Thursday night, when Edinburg’s Emmanuel Duron rushed to the field, tackling and throwing down the game referee onto the ground.
Timeline of the events that led to a physical confrontation
When the Edinburg High Bobcats and PSJA High Bears clashed at Richard R. Flores Stadium to play a win-or-go-home, they had no idea of what was about to follow.
Though the Edinburg Bobcats bagged a 35-21 victory over PSJA High which their success was spoilt after their star defender was flagged during the second quarter after he shoved an opposing offensive lineman to the ground and attempted to make a tackle on PSJA High freshman quarterback Jaime Lopez.
This was followed by an altercation of words between Emmanuel Duron and the referee Fred Gracia. While everyone was still making sense of what was happening, Gracia ejected Duron from the contest after back-to-back unsportsmanlike penalties on the same play.
Within seconds of Garcia’s decision of ejecting him, Duron rushed to the field while his teammates tried to hold him back. Duron clashed with Garcia checking him chest-to-chest with losing any momentum and knocked him down on the turf.
Arrest for Emmanuel and disqualification from the playoff for the Edinburg Bobcats
After attacking the Gracia, the Edinburg defender was arrested and escorted out of the stadium by a team of four Edinburg CISD police officers who were working security for the game. He was not handcuffed but was removed from the premises and did not return.
Garcia, 59 years of age, were evaluated in an on-site ambulance for concussion symptoms and a shoulder injury. He is a veteran referee who has been associated with the Texas Association of Sports Officials for the last 27 years.
The following morning, the Edinburg CISD announced that the district has decided to remove the Bobcats from the playoff even though the team bagged a victory the previous night. The statement read,
“The district has decided to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after an unexpected incident involving a student that occurred during a football game on December 3, 2020. We extend a sincere apology to the referee and his family. On behalf of the Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, staff, and our school community.”