Attack during Burleson vs. University football game goes viral


A University High School football player brutally attacks one of his opponents at a Dallas game two weeks ago and it’s all caught on camera.

The incident happened Sept. 13th in a game against University and Burleson High School.

It was just another night of football for mother Jennifer Gower. That’s until the game against the two teams turned brutal.

Gower’s son, seen on camera, getting knocked to the turf. Then punched and choked by a University High player.

“The player was ejected from the game, we got the UIL report, we acted on that swiftly,” Waco ISD athletics director Johnny Tusa said.

According to UIL rules, a player “targeting” an opponent means that player will be disqualified for the rest of the game. Tusa says he also had to sit out the first half of the next game. That game was against Cleburne.

“We only handled our own business and we did what we thought was prudent and the right thing to do and we stand by that,” Tusa said.

He added that it is the district’s responsibility to be concerned about their own players, not players from other districts.

“We hold our student athletes to the highest standards and we don’t condone any irresponsible or bad behavior,” Tusa said.

Whether or not charges will be filed is unknown at this time.

“Our coaches quickly ran onto the field to intervene on behalf of our player,” the Burleson Independent School District said in a statement. “The BHS athletic coordinator and the BISD athletic director both protested the incident with Waco ISD officials. Waco ISD assured our administrators that it would address this matter appropriately.”

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