Arkansas HSFB game halted after elderly fan tried to tackle referee
High school football is different in the South. The passion and emotion behind a game played with a lemon-shaped ball on a grill has gone up a notch.
Friday night in small town Arkansas is the perfect example. Things got weird in a hurry.
The game, played in Lepanto, Arkansas, is between East Poinsett County High School and Walnut Ridge High School. The first is located in a town of less than 2,000 inhabitants. The latter is located in a town of about 5,000 inhabitants.
For both places, their high school football teams mean a lot to the community. It’s their professional team, if you will.
Well, sometimes that desire to bring your team back to victory goes a bit too far. Or much a little too far, as was the case on Friday.
As the first half drew to a close on a one-possession ball game, a fan took issue with how the referee was calling the game. Rather than let him hear it from the sidelines, the fan decided to take matters into his own hands and went rogue.
He ran onto the field and charged at the official, trying to get his hands on the man in pinstripes. Fortunately, the fan was stopped before he could unleash his anger on the referee.
After the first man (who everyone in town probably knows by name) is taken off the pitch, you can hear him say “I’d like to kick him off!”
And then a few others entered the mix. They gave the refereeing team a piece of their minds before things broke.
Again, the Friday night lights in rural Arkansas are huge business. The fans are ready to do whatever they can to bring their city back to victory, as we saw on Friday. You can’t knock love for the game!