Report: Sanderson coach arrested after assaulting player

MARFA -- According to the Big Bend Now, the Head Coach for the Sanderson Football team was arrested and charged with assault.

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According to the Big Bend Now, the Head Coach of the Sanderson Football team, David Donnell, 61, was trying to separate players fighting on the field from both teams when he grabbed one of the players hard enough it caused him to fall to the ground.

The Big Bend Now also reports that the teen was released from the Big Bend Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Coach Donnell was charged with assault and could face up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine. He has since bonded out of jail.

The paper also says that police have confirmed the assault via camera operator footage during the game.

Terrell County ISD, where Sanderson is located, said in response to the fight:
““The incidents that occurred at the Sanderson v. Marfa football game on Friday, September 7th are unfortunate and embarrassing for both communities and school districts. There were actions by both teams that were unacceptable. The appropriate notifications have been made to UIL and TEA. The district will review the incident. Once all the facts are gathered, a decision regarding necessary actions will be taken. Until that time, and based on what is known now, we support our coaching staff.”

Marfa ISD also released a statement on the matter:
“Regarding the incident that occurred at Friday night's football game, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. The matter has been turned over to UIL and the proper authorities.”