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After 91-0 win, unsportsmanlike conduct ... on the dad

October 24, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor ( , The Herald-Star




There is a whiff of unsportsmanlike conduct here and it's not on the coach whose team won.

It's not on the coach whose team lost.

It's on the father who filed bullying charges because his son plays on the team that lost 91-0 in a Texas high school football game.

Aledo defeated Western Hills 91-0 last week.

Aleda is 7-0 and has outscored its opponents 485-47.

Western Hills is 0-7 and has been outscored 370-61, with a 49-30 loss in the fold.

From the Texas Education Agency:

"Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength."

So, while real discussions are going on across the nation on how to curb the growing trend of bullying and cyber bullying, a father files these bullying charges and, what's worse, is Texas state law mandates an investigation and a report of findings.

An administrator, with nothing better to do, must take time to delve into these charges.


Dear dad, next time just take your son off the field when things get bad.

Take off the helmet and shoulder pads and walk your son home.

I am now waiting for the tennis dad to file bullying charges when his child loses 6-0, 6-0 and barely wins a point.

Or, the volleyball mom because their team lost 25-5, 25-4, 25-3.

Better yet, the dad whose son strikes out five times in a baseball game.

"Since, by definition, bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength, it is quite obvious the pitcher and his fastball was far more powerful than my son and his arm strength too much for my son to overcome, so I am filing charges."

Again, this is another example of adults getting involved.

So, honest question, how much does the son get picked on once this thing is all over?

What happens to his life after the actions of the father?

If nothing is done after the 91-0 game, which should have happened, the kids are eating pizza 30 minutes after getting back to school and the game is forgotten.

Our high school basketball team was terrible and I plainly remember getting 100 scored on us more than a few times.

Couple slices of pizza, laughter with the guys and looking at a cute girl and I was over the "embarrassment."

Aledo has 70 players on the roster and is the No. 1 Class 4A team in Texas.

That means they are really good.

Western Hills has 30 players on its team and, sans the 30-point effort, was averaging 5 points a game in the other six losses.

That's a mismatch of epic sports proportions and this type of outcome was expected.

"We were just sitting there," Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan said in a story by Ryan Osborne of the "You'd have thought we got beat. I looked around and asked, 'Is there anyone here that feels good?'"

Aledo is averaging 69.3 points a game. The Bearcats have outscored their four mandated District 7 Class 4A opponents by an average of 77 points a game.

"I'm upset about it," Buchanan said to Osborne.

"I don't like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring."

Buchanan later said, "I have to address it. It's not something you can laugh off or anything like that. What they said was that I should've told my players to ease up and not play so hard."

According to, the Western Hills coach, John Naylor, "that he disagrees with the parent who claimed that the Aledo coaching staff bullied his players."

"I think the game was handled fine," Naylor said in Osborne's story. "They're No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We're fighting a real uphill battle right now.

"We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know. (Aledo) just plays hard.

"And they're good sports, and they don't talk at all.

"They get after it, and that's the way football is supposed to be played in Texas."

So, winning coach doesn't like it and losing coach understands it.

But dad thinks it's bullying.

From, the complaint says:

"My son plays for western hills football team on friday night we all witnessed bullying firsthand, it is not a pretty sight. Picking up my son from the field house after the game and taking him home was tough, I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the aledo coach for not easing up when the game was in hand. After thinking about my ride home, I thought how tough it must have been for the parents of the aledo football players to explain what happened o their sons on the ride home. During the game the aledo players showed respect to my son and I thank them for their good sportsmanship. I wish the aledo players good luck this season and hope they have a successful school year. I wish their parents don't have to explain this ride home again."

Dead dad, please understand that Aledo parents aren't explaining a thing to their sons - whether they play first, second, third or fourth string.

Please understand Aledo coaches are telling their bench kids to go out and play hard, tackle hard and run hard because if they don't, there is a greatly likelyhood they will get hurt.

Buchanan sure isn't telling his players to run at 50 percent, tackle at 65 percent and to let your team score.

Telling your kids not to play hard is anti-sports.

You step on the field, any athletic field, you give it your best at all times.

At the same time, Buchanan, with a 56-0 halftime lead, sure isn't going out there with his third and fourth string and taking a knee on each offensive play.

That is unfair to his players who work hard all week and want to play on Friday nights.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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