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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

EDITORIAL

STH Football producing more shinning stars

web posted November 9, 2005

It appears the chickens are coming home to roost for Coach Sawyer and the Strom Thurmond's Football program. Well on their way to a possible state championship the Rebels are going to have to do without at least one player, or maybe not. Coach Sawyer and the Administration at Strom Thurmond have already ignored felonies in order to keep a starter on the field so the most recent arrest of receiver Justin Broadwater might not affect the team at all.

Mr. Broadwater and another fellow student arrived at school on Tuesday morning so drunk that the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office took him to the Edgefield County Hospital to be checked for alcohol poisoning from consuming moonshine after booking him on charges of disorderly conduct. Coach Sawyer did not return calls requesting information on the status of Mr. Broadwater or the other young man who is said to be a football player as well.

Perhaps if Coach Sawyer and the Administration at Strom Thurmond had taken a more aggressive position concerning Kevin Jones’ felony charges the other players might have thought twice about doing something so foolish. However, once the precedent is set that you can break the law and still play football all bets are off when it comes to discipline and teens. To them the example was clear; a state championship is the only thing that matters.

Of course Kevin Jones is not out of the woods yet with his admission to the charges and Justin Broadwater’s are just beginning. The situation concerning the other young man involved in the Broadwater event has not been made available yet. His name did not show up on police records and police reports on the event have not been made available at this time. But the fact remains that had Coach Sawyer and Principle Greg Thompson made an example of Jones this event probably would not have taken place.

Rumors are the two students, one being Mr. Broadwater, have been expelled and are off the team. We will wait for official documentation since that was the information we received from Mr. Thompson when Mr. Jones was arrested for threatening to kill two Edgefield County Deputies. It is going to be hard to justify the punishment of two who had a little too much drink compared to the felonies that hang over the head of Mr. Jones.

Coach Sawyer and Principle Greg Thompson have no one to blame but themselves for the continued embarrassment the football players have been to the school and the county on a year heads should be held high with pride. Maybe a state championship will erase that, at least in their mind that is. Perhaps it is not just football players that should be removed from their positions.

Great job Mr. Thompson and Coach Sawyer, you must be proud of the results of your "leadership".









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