A dispute between Aberdeen Schools and the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s District I football officials over game management procedures following last week’s home game in Aberdeen was settled Tuesday.
“We met today, issues were brought up and they have been resolved,” MHSAA associate director Larry Thomas said.
District I assigning secretary, Larry Riley, said Monday he would not assign an officiating crew for Friday’s Aberdeen home game against Winona if the school didn’t have a game management plan in place.
“I will not send any officials there if I don’t feel like they are going to be properly protected,” he said. “This has nothing to do with the (Aberdeen) team or the coaching staff.”
The officials who worked the Aberdeen-Houston game were not escorted by a game manager out of the stadium and to their vehicles following the game, Riley said. As a result, one of the officials was eventually ticketed for reckless driving as he attempted to leave.
“All schools are asked to have security plans,” Thomas said. “We want our officials to depart immediately after games. We want the schools to give them security and a parking venue that allows them to get on their way.”
Aberdeen superintendent of schools, Chester Leigh, told Monroe360.com he regrets the postgame incident happened.
“I’m sorry about the incident,” he said. “We want to move forward.”
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