After 91-0 Blowout, Aledo High Fends Off Bullying Charges

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The Aledo High School Bearcats didn't want to score 91 points over Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday night, nor did they intend to hold their opponent completely scoreless. When the team glanced at the scoreboard as time expired and discovered they'd done both those things, the pangs of remorse were acute.

"I'm upset about it," head coach Tim Buchanan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "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."

Alas, when your team is No. 1 in the state, and you average just south of 70 points per game, and your opponent has been blown out in almost every game they've played, telling your team not to score is like trying to rein in a thoroughbred on the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby.

The parents at Western Hills could have used Friday's lopsided loss as a teachable moment, perhaps to convey the message that their kids will spend their lives beneath the heels of the rich and powerful, perhaps as a metaphor for the dangers of capitalism unchecked by sensible regulation to level the playing field.

They did not. Instead, a Western Hills parent filed a complaint with the Aledo Independent School District, accusing the Bearcats of bullying. Under state law, the district will have to investigate whether the team's behavior meets the Texas Education Agency's definition of bullying, which reads like this:

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.

Naturally, Buchanan denies anything of the sort. If the parents want to know what bullying feels like, he can show them bullying.

"In actuality, we probably could have scored a lot more," he told NBC 5. "We did try to keep it down. I was really fearful that we were going to score 100."


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fracquestions
fracquestions

How do you, as a coach, tell players who seldom get into games to do less than their very best? Why would anybody do that? You play as a team to achieve a team goal - winning. It is up to your opponent to stop you from running up the score. It happens in all sports at all levels, but most of the time you do not have whiny parents crying about it in public.

I doubt the crying, whining and complaints came from the Western Hills players. I think this is yet another example of parents setting a very bad example because they are poor sports and even worse losers. Don't want to get beaten by 91 points? The practice harder and play better. It is unfair to expect a better team to lay down to keep from running up a score.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Not bullying, its called an ass whipping...Guess what else? Losing is part of life!! Get used to it ass clowns!! whining bitches!!


animas
animas

Capitalism  and "unregulated free markets" have nothing to do with it.  School sports are funded with  involuntary tax payer dollars in Texas.  A true capitalist would abolish Texas High School ( tax payer funded ) football, basketball,etc.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

The dad bringing up these ridiculous charges needs to be bullied - so he can see what it is really like. What a bogus charge and while these 2 schools should not have even been playing - the news garnering stunt is all that it was. Now, his kid is going to be the object of not bullying but babying!

goldenpipewrench
goldenpipewrench

man is football that bad where funding dictates scores like this. I heard that there was a 2-1 difference in players and that Aledo High is playing against under funded teams. Congrats Aledo but if this is the norm the system really is borked...


chasd00
chasd00

I've been in a few HS games where the second string was in about mid-second quarter and coach was letting us pick the plays to run. My HS was 1A so there wasn't a lot of difference between first and second string like maybe 2 or 3 guys. We never ran up the score into the 90's but got into the 60's a couple times. It's frustrating all the way around and that was before the "precious snowflake" syndrome was completely in full effect.

MattL11
MattL11

There's not a lot that can be done if you're on the third string, running every down, and still scoring at will. Are they supposed to take a knee on every down? Punt it away on first down? Fumble on purpose? I know sucking at football is supposed to be some kind of mortal sin in Texas, but it's just one game. Western Hills will recover from this. 

yesiwilliams
yesiwilliams

imagine if that was your parent making the complaint. Just take the L and move on sheesh.

J_A_
J_A_

Bullying is the new rape

rke749
rke749

" The parents at Western Hills...."  "a Western Hills parent."  You asshole

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

I once played in a soccer game that my team lost 17-0. The only thing that could have made it worse was if my parents had been whiny jerks and accused the other team of bullying us.

iwearblack
iwearblack

If the Western Hills team doesn't want to lose by 91, they should have kept Aledo from scoring... End of story. If the child of the parent filing complaint has that fragile of a psyche, they don't need to be playing competitive sports... The key word in that sentence is: competitive... If Aledo is dominating their competitors so completely year after year, then maybe they should be bumped up a division; I don't follow high school football, so I couldn't say... The point is, there is no "mercy rule" in life... At some point, you will run up against a team, a person or some other entity in life that you will be mismatched against... What is important is how you face adversity... Do you lay down and stay down, or do you get knocked down seven times and stand eight, as the Japanese proverb says?

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

Random reminder that Eric Nicholson is a worthless air bag.  Seems to have as much to do with the story as the capitalism remark.

pak152
pak152

"The parents at Western Hills could have used Friday's lopsided loss as a teachable moment, perhaps to convey the message that their kids will spend their lives beneath the heels of the rich and powerful, perhaps as a metaphor for the dangers of capitalism unchecked by sensible regulation to level the playing field." 

ah yes let's put a little capitalism/free market bashing into the story.especially when it has nothing to do with the story.

would you rather see all the teams end up with the same record that all the players receive a trophy? would you rather see scores not being kept.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

So these parents wanted Aledo to take a knee every snap and then punt? I'm sorry, this is competitive sports, and I'm sorry your kids suck at it.

dingo
dingo

"The parents at Western Hills could have used Friday's lopsided loss as a teachable moment, perhaps to convey the message that their kids will spend their lives beneath the heels of the rich and powerful, perhaps as a metaphor for the dangers of capitalism unchecked by sensible regulation to level the playing field."

They could  have used it that way except that it doesn't really fit well as a metaphor. 

Sensible regulation is in place. The schools are in the same district because they are close to each other and are roughly equal in enrollment numbers. The schools are further aligned by enrollment numbers during the playoffs with the Division I and II classifications. If the schools were higher/lower in numbers then they would be in different classifications. If the classifications were aligned by ability instead of enrollments then the whole system would be ungovernable and the schools would have to travel further for each game, resulting in further cost and safety issues. So the system is not 'unchecked'. All blowouts cannot be prevented. 

Yes it would be 'mighty white' of Aledo to volunteer to move up in classification to 5A but if you forced them to move up you get the whole snowball rolling of which teams should be forced up and which teams not. 

There is also the issue where the best prospects move in to the 'football school' boundaries so in a sense the rich keep getting richer. How do you police this? The UIL has looked at this difficult question and there is no easy answer. Deny kids what they view as their best opportunity with better coaches and facilities? Deny parents the basic ability to move and encounter costly attorney fees defending your ruling? Eliminate sports?

Demographics is always at issue because the larger Hispanic population schools will not do as well in football because of smaller physical statures. Those schools place more emphasis on excelling in spring 'futbol' . 

I guess the Hispanic immigrant populations migrate from their own 'more equitable'  countries into these communities just so they can feel Eric's 'heels' at their throats.



Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This is another case of "crying wolf".  This is not bullying.  It's a case of a big fish in a little pond.

ruddski
ruddski

Eric, you forgot to turn off the italics thingi.

gabe48
gabe48

@rke749Straight from the source, the original ABC article:

"Several parents of Western Hills players who attended Friday night's game described the loss as embarrassing. One parent, who declined to speak on the record, said that the Aledo coaches could have made more of an effort to keep the score down."

This implies more than one parent feels shamed, or even, perhaps, bullied for having a bad team.  You asshole

goldenpipewrench
goldenpipewrench

@iwearblack 

there is a mercy rule in football but I guess not in Texas. They should of not lodged the complaint but they did. twice as many players against a poorly funded team will do this. 

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