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Edinburg players petition city officials to play despite forfeit

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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 their parents on Friday night, as they petitioned to play once again this season.

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The entire team is being punished for an act by a boneheaded 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 blindside 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 the 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 an investigation is complete.

“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.”

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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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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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