By JUDY SHERIDAN
Bullying allegations made by the parent of a Western Hills football player against Aledo ISD’s football coaching staff — after a 91-0 loss on the field Friday — are groundless according to Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty, who said he is satisfied with the results of an investigation conducted by school officials.
“I’m confident that there was no intent to embarrass the kids or run the score up,” Citty said. “Our coaches did everything they could to keep the score within reasonable bounds.”
The unusual bullying complaint — which contends that Aledo’s coaching staff should have eased up when the game got out of hand, according to Aledo High School Principal Dan Peterson, alleges harm was done to the entire Western Hills football team.
It states that Aledo coaches bullied their own football players into beating up the team from Fort Worth’s Western Hills, Aledo Head Coach Tim Buchanan said, while commending Aledo’s players for their sportsmanship.
Both Citty and Buchanan, however, counter that Aledo coaches instead tried to better Western Hills’ chances to score as the game progressed.
“When we were on offense, the clock ran all the time,” Citty said. “When the other team was on offense, we ran the clock normally.”
Buchanan said 17 different Bearcats touched the ball, either by running, calling or throwing.
“We don’t normally do that in one season,” he said. “Our starting running back touched the ball five times.”
Aledo’s backup offensive lineman and backup receiver were in for the second possession, Buchanan said.
“We started subbing second-team kids in from that point on,” he said. “As it became more lopsided, we put in more second-team kids.
“In the third quarter, we had 100 percent second-team kids after the first possession.”
While concessions were made, Buchanan said, Aledo should not be asked to play badly so the other team doesn’t look bad.