Edinburg players petition city officials to continue to play

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Edinburg High School (Texas) football players want to continue to play. Despite several players wanting at least one more game in their season, it may not change the results.

School officials forfeited the game on Thursday night. With the forfeit, they are currently out of the playoff picture.

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Several players met outside of City Hall with parents on Friday night, as they petitioned to play once again this season.

Related: Emmanuel Duron arrested, charged with assault after attacking referee Fred Gracia

The entire team is being punished for a bonehead individual. That player in question is Emmanuel Duron.

Duron was automatically ejected following an unsportsmanlike penalty. The 2019 District Player of the Year then rushed back onto the field, where he appeared to blindsided referee Fred Gracia in an unproved attack.

“The district’s Interim Superintendent, after consulting with senior University Interscholastic League (UIL) officials, and with the district’s legal counsel, has decided to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after an unexpected incident involving a student-athlete and a game official that occurred during a football game on December 3, 3020,” Edinburg CISD said in a statement on Friday evening. “We extend a sincere apology to the referee and his family. On behalf of Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, staff, and our school community. We will take the appropriate disciplinary action once we understand the facts and circumstances underlining this incident. The district takes these matters very seriously; however, we cannot comment further on a pending investigation until such investigation is complete.

Related: Alvin HS (Texas) high school football coach Tim Teykl has resigned

“The UIL has made it clear to Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza Jr. that UIL would have removed the football team from the playoffs if the district did not withdraw the team. Under Texas law and district policy, the Interim Superintendent was authorized to move forward with the decision. Mr. Garza has confirmed this after consulting with the district’s legal counsel.”

Duron was arrested on Friday. However, as of this post, he has since posted his $10,000 cash bond and has been released.

He was charged with assault.

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