UIL to let districts handle punishments for incident at Marfa-Sanderson football game

MARFA -- UPDATE: The UIL confirmed to CBS7 that they will not be handing down punishments for the fight and are allowing the school districts to handle it.

(Photo and video from the Presidio County Attorney's Office)

UIL will be stepping back in if they find that the school districts do not properly handle it.
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The Presidio County Attorney's Office has released video from a football game between Marfa and Sanderson where a coach was charged with assaulting a player.

The video appears to show Sanderson head coach David Donnell trying to separate players fighting on the field when he threw one of the players hard enough to cause him to fall to the ground.

The Big Bend Now reports that the player was taken to the Big Bend Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries before being released.

Following the incident Donnell was arrested and taken off the field by Marfa police. He was then charged with Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor.

An arrest affidavit obtained by CBS7 states that a Marfa police officer was working security at the game when he noticed the altercation between the two teams. The officer reviewed footage of the game and then decided to take Donnell into custody.

Both Marfa and Sanderson cancelled their games in week three and released the following statements.

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.”