16 players kicked off Trask football team

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Submitted: Tue, 09/24/2013 - 3:44am
Updated: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:04pm

ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Trask High School has been playing short-handed for the last few weeks after dismissing 16 players from the varsity team. Now some of the boys are speaking out saying their punishment is unfair.

For seniors Sam McFee and Jordan Davis it doesn’t get any better than strapping on their helmets and playing for the Trask Titans, but that privilege was taken away from them nearly two weeks ago.

McFee and Davis say their coach heard they and 14 of their teammates witnessed a fight and did nothing to stop it, so he kicked them off of the team.

“It basically ruined my life,” Davis said. “I wanted to play football in college, and I just want to be a part of the team, and for him to say that, it hurt.”

McFee said, “He was just like, ‘We’ve got your name, and we’re going to turn it into (Principal Tosha) Diggs and (Athletic Director Ed) Gilroy, and you probably know what happens from here on.’ I cried, because I love football so much, and to just be kicked off, it was overwhelming.”

Since neither boy was involved in the fight, they were blindsided by their removal.

Now both players are hoping for the ultimate Hail Mary in an attempt to get back on the team.

“I would do anything,” McFee said. “I would run six miles every day. I would do bull in the ring. I would do anything just to get back on this team.”

“Football is my life,” Davis said. “If I could get back on the field, even if it’s just for one more game, I just want to play football.”

Trask football coach Glenn Sellers could not comment on this story, because it is a school matter, but he did say he would have the players still on the team ready for their game Friday against Wallace-Rose Hill.

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55 Comments on "16 players kicked off Trask football team"

2015 years 8 months ago

What they should have the boys do, instead of kicking them off the team, is have them start some kind of anti bullying/ fighting campaign. or just have them do something positive. Some of the boys could have gotten scholarships as their only way of getting into a college. With our economy the way it is now its getting harder and harder for some to continue their education after high school. But all this is just my own opinion. Everyone has their own and that’s part of what makes us unique. But to be honest they probably would have still gotten in trouble for trying to help. The school system isn’t as justified as people think. I have know people to try and stop a fight resulting in getting in trouble for being part of it.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree ditto:”Athletics are EXTRA-curricular and no one should be allowed to play if they don’t follow the standards set forth by the coach. “

Hoggard guy
2015 years 8 months ago

I use to play at Hoggard, and in 1989 we had 9 players arrested for trespassing the night before the New Hanover game. All players involved were dealt with buy the coaches, team and the court system. I don’t have a child at Trask or maybe I would feel different. I just wonder if the players were watching 2 guys drag race on a pubic street if the coach would have done the same thing? I also heard the coach asked the players individually if they were there. Not a single kid lied! So that is a positive thing, but it turned negative for them.
Some of these kids I am sure football is their only outlet and identity. Now he may have created a bad situation for more students, teachers,and administrators than you would think!
The bad thing is some will find a new identity and good luck getting the truth so quick next time.
This could’ve been handled by punishing them with a single game suspension or 2. Or maybe extra laps crabbing, locker room cleanup.
I just feel it may be a way out for what appears to be another terrible season

Rebecca Bischof
2015 years 8 months ago

This was handled all wrong, I do not agree with the decision to kick these boys off the team. I personally know some of these boys and am the mother of a graduated Titan Varsity player, I have cheered for these boys for four years. The decision made was based on an arranged fight, both boys who fought agreed to fight, no one was attacked! This happened off school grounds and after school hours! You can’t govern what these boys do on their own time and all of you that have commented that they got what they deserved are dead wrong. Pender county in my eyes is a poorer county than the surrounding counties, many of these boys depended on their high school football careers to get them to college and this was just taken away. To those who commented that they got what they deserved for not stopping the fight, you have all done something like this in your life! I know for a fact that one of the boys kicked off was only there because his ride was there, did he argue or complain when kicked off? No he took it like a man and has tried to come up with a new plan on how he’s going to have to earn a scholarship to be able to go to college. These boys should not have been kicked off the team this was extremely harsh, I could understand maybe being benched for a few games but not this. Coach Sellers has always supported his team and his players as individuals but in this case I don’t agree. To the person who commented that the team is winning without these players and that the coach and the team doesn’t want or need them, well that comment was mean, spiteful and uncalled for! COACH SELLERS DO THE RIGHT THING!

2015 years 8 months ago

Coach was 100% right in this, but when you look at some of the news and you see a beat down by a couple cops on a citizen and 5 or 6 more cops stand around and watch knowing it is not right it makes it awful hard to teach kids right from wrong.