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PLAYER WHO SHOVED REF DISMISSED FROM TEAM
The Texas high school football player who shoved an official Saturday has been thrown off the team and suspended from school for three days, St. Anthony in San Antonio announced Monday. Senior Zeke Cardenas pushed the official after a flag was thrown during the game against Austin Hyde Park. In a statement, the school said, “St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) understands the severity of the incident that occurred Saturday between a SACHS football player and a game official. We have taken swift action, as we would with any incident involving the behavior of our students.” Cardenas was tackled on the previous play after recovering an errant snap, and, as he got to his feet, he appeared to shove a Hyde Park player. One official threw a penalty flag, and then another official walked toward Cardenas and threw a second flag. Cardenas then shoved the official before his teammates jumped in and pulled him away.