Thursday, November 08, 2007

Football team cheats, caught on video

Last Friday, November 2, 2007, our high school, Effingham County of Springfield, Georgia, defeated Lakeside High School of Evans, Georgia by a score of 7-0. On the last play of the game, Lakeside attempted a "Hail Mary" pass, but the game film shows that they also tried to cheat. They had a wide receiver run to the sidelines, and then way down the field they had a player who had been standing on the sidelines run onto the field to try to catch the ball.Effingham County intercepted the ball anyway, and the game was over. This video was posted on You Tube, and the Atlanta and Savannah newspapers wrote stories about it.
Coach Jody Grooms of Lakeside has apologized off camera to a TV station. The principal says that Coach Grooms will be disciplined, but not fired, since it was an "isolated incident." It may be an isolated incident, but it wasn't spontaneous; the coach had to plan a play like that. Grooms was teaching his students, but it was not a good lesson he was teaching. Being caught on video illustrates what the Bible says, that "your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23)
You can watch the video yourself by clicking here.

Augusta newspaper reports that Coach Grooms sent letters of apology to Effingham County and to his own principal.

Editorial by Augusta newspaper says, "Dear Effingham County, we apologize and promise not to cheat again, for at least another 20 years."

Augusta TV station talks to Lakeside coach who apologizes off camera.

Augusta newspaper says coach will be disciplined but not fired.

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