26 Beavers sus­pended in Week 4 fol­low­ing brawl

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Josh Briggs [email protected]­ton­courier.com

GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Beavers (1-2) will be short­handed in Week 4 after a melee broke out in last week’s 41-0 win over Fouke on the road.

Ac­cord­ing to Head Coach Mark Kehner, 12 play­ers are el­i­gi­ble for the home­com­ing match against Two Rivers this week while 26 will be on the side­lines.

“By rule, if you step one foot off the side­line you are ejected,” Kehner said. “I get it. So they blan­ket ejected ev­ery­body from both teams. If you wanted to ap­peal that you had to go back and pro­vide video ev­i­dence of guys that never left the side­lines.

“For­tu­nately, we have 12 that never left the side­lines and are re­in­stated back into the game and we are go­ing to be able to play Fri­day.”

Of the el­i­gi­ble play­ers suit­ing up in Week 4, five of the 12 are starters for the Beavers.

“We came out and played re­ally good foot­ball,” Kehner said. “We have had a tough cou­ple of weeks to start the sea­son. We ex­e­cuted and did a lot of re­ally good things on both sides of the ball. Peo­ple want to throw Glen Rose un­der the bus.”

No coaches are sus­pended, Kehner added.

Ac­cord­ing to Kehner, the melee be­gan after a punt re­turn and a cou­ple of blocks by the Beavers, fol­lowed by a Fouke player leav­ing the side­line and hit­ting a Glen Rose player in the head with a hel­met.

“The punt bounces and goes to­ward (Fouke’s) side­line,” Kehner said. “We had some blocks thrown where a cou­ple play­ers hit the ground. They had a kid come off the side­line with his hel­met in his hand and hits one of my play­ers in the head.”

Kehner ref­er­enced a vi­ral video that was shared via so­cial me­dia that shows a Fouke fan scal­ing a fence be­fore at­tack­ing a Glen Rose player from be­hind.

“It takes off from there,” Kehner said. “I don’t care who you are or what you are, if I am stand­ing there and get hit in the head with a hel­met or I get speared in the back, no one is go­ing to just stand there and take that.”

The chaos en­sued with 4:30 left in the third quar­ter. Both head coaches agreed to can­cel the rest of the con­test as Glen Rose fin­ished with its first win of the year.

“We were up and dom­i­nated the game,” Kehner said. “There was noth­ing they could do about it so (Fouke) was good with say­ing it was over.”

It is un­known at this time if crim­i­nal charges will be filed stem­ming from the brawl, how­ever, the Arkansas Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced ear­lier this week that it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

Also, Fouke will for­feit this week’s game after all of its play­ers were ejected fol­low­ing the al­ter­ca­tion.

For the Beavers, Week 4 will be a home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion, which all ejected play­ers can still take part in dur­ing the day­time cer­e­mony.

Two Rivers comes to town, sport­ing a 1-2 over­all record after de­feat­ing Mar­shall in Week 1. The Ga­tors nar­rowly fell to West­side last Fri­day, los­ing 48-46 in over­time after al­low­ing 20 points in the fourth quar­ter.

Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 6:30 p.m., fol­lowed by kick­off at 7 p.m. at Beavers Sta­dium.

GREG DAVIS/ Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Glen Rose run­ning back Ahmad Holmes avoids a Malvern de­fender dur­ing Week 2’s road tilt. The Beavers will host Two Rivers on Fri­day with only 12 play­ers el­i­gi­ble fol­low­ing a melee with Fouke in Week 3.

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