WJBF News Channel 6 has confirmed that Warren County High School's football coach, David Daniel, is still in and out of the hospital after being beaten up after the Friday Night game against Hancock Central High School.
Warren County School officials say the Hancock County football team attacked Warren County's players and coach by hitting them with their helments. Now, they want the G-B-I to step in. Currently, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
Even though Coach David Daniel says he's doing O-K, the superintendent, who was by his side when he was attacked, says what happened is not O-K.
With a 6-1 record, it's clear Coach David Daniel prepared his team well for his first season on the job. But, nothing could have prepared Coach Daniel for what happened Friday night.
"It just seems ridiculous that the result of a game could end this badly," said Warren County School Superintendent Carole Jean Carey.
Carey said she was by Daniel's side when the Hancock County Football team attacked him and his players with their football helmets. She said it happend after Warren County beat Hancock Central 21-2. She said their team was walking back to the lockers, but the door was locked. She said that's when they were attacked. Daniel stepped in, "He yelled stop, what are you doing and the player was fixing to hit our players again, but just swung around and slammed his helmut into our coach's face."
Daniel has undergone several surgeries to repair his face and he still needs more.
Inside Miss Jane's Restaurant in Warrenton, the conversation is normally as sweet as the pitcher of tea that sits on every table, but not today.
"Some things don't surprise you that come out of Sparta, maybe I shouldn't say that, but that's kind of the talk of the community," said Warren County Resident Craig Hunter.
"It just doesn't seem like it's right for something like that to happen around here," said resident William Wood.
Carey wants the GBI to handle the investigation, but she said that the Hancock County Sheriff's Office is blocking their request.
We went to the Sheriff's Office two times Monday.
Jillian Benfield Reporting;"This is Jillian Benfield with Channel Six news trying to get in touch with the sheriff again." We asked the secretary where he was, "I have no idea," she said. Even though his car was parked right out front of the building.
The Hancock County School Board refused to talk to us, stating their lawyer advised them against it. They only said that they were offended that Carey wouldn't meet with them.
It's clear that Warren County won't be interacting with them any time soon.
"This just shows the worst that can happen, a lot of them were hurt in this incident and we will not be playing Hancock County," said Carey.
Carey said they will not be competing against Hancock County in any sport for the rest of the year. She said it's for the safety of their students.
We spoke with Daniel on the phone Monday, he said he was doing ok. Carey said Daniel wants to be at this week's game against Washington-Wilkes.
Carey added that the team had a plan to go to the locker room after the game and get right onto the bus, because the rivalry between Warren and Hancock is always intense. We asked her if that plan had anything to do with Warren County's former coach, Marleau Blunt, now being on Hancock's football coaching staff and she said no.
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