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October 31, 2012

Football video shows repeated misconduct

Six days after Bradley Adams decided not to allow his team to shake hands with Wilson coaches and players, the Georgetown football coach again defended his actions.

On Wednesday, the reasons for Adams pulling his team off the field became a little more clear via a video published on the Web site SCVarsity.com. The clips show players from both Socastee and Georgetown on the receiving end of unnecessary contact from defensive players for Region VII-AAA opponent Wilson.

The latter part of the video shows a Wilson player jumping offside and then knocking Georgetown quarterback Caleb Hughes to the ground with a shot to the helmet.

"We pulled our kids off the field," Adams said Wednesday of his decision to not line up for the customary handshake. "We didn’t want any more negativity to come out for our kids at Georgetown or the kids at Wilson. We love our kids. We’re going to take care of them. We felt that in order to take care of our kids, we had to get them off the field. We want to do our best to try to do the right things at all times to protect our kids and protect the image of the program we’re trying to build."

Adams added that his school has "taken proper procedures to handle the situation. Adams, who said he was instructed by Georgetown Principal Craig Evans not to comment further, would not specify if that meant he has sent video to the South Carolina High School League for review.

The video released late Tuesday may show more than Adams could say anyway. 

In the 46-second video, multiple violent personal fouls committed by Wilson defensive players are shown. The first pair came against Socastee in Week 9 of the regular season. The Wilson defenders, with a running head start, not only jumped offside but continued through the play as if the ball had already been snapped.

Braves quarterback Hunter Renfrow was driven to the ground and then took a forearm/elbow shot to the helmet. There was no personal foul flagged on that play, and Socastee went on to win the game 42-7.

First-year Wilson coach Chad Eaddy was not immediately available for comment Wednesday. However, Eaddy defended his team to the Florence Morning News after the Georgetown game.

"They told me my player’s intent was malicious. How is that malicious when he is coming full speed on a blitz? He wasn’t doing anything dirty but we are characterized a certain way. ...But I lined my team up to shake hands. We just lost on senior night and had thirty-some seniors who just played their last game. So that’s classless on his part.

“But they are in our region and we will see them again. Maybe it will become a real rivalry game.”

The second portion of the video shows the contact with Georgetown's Hughes, for which Wilson was flagged for a personal foul. Georgetown clinched a playoff berth and eliminated Wilson from postseason contention by winning 49-42.



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