Should the Aledo Bearcats be considered a bullying football team? That's the allegation made by one parent from the Western Hills High School football team. The Bearcats beat the Western Hills team by a score of 91-0, and as NBC DFW reported on Oct. 23, it seems at least one of the losing player's parents thought it was essentially a form of bullying.
The parent involved has filed a complaint against the Aledo team after last Friday's game. Not everybody, however, agrees that the score differential means that the Bearcats are a bullying football team. The team has had a hot year, building up a record of outscoring their opposition 485-47. Their average victory margin this season has been 77 points.
During the game against Western Hills, the Aledo coach and those familiar with the story say that the team did many things to try to scale back the high scoring. The first string players were pulled in the first quarter, and the third string players were in the game by the end. They also kept the game clock running continuously once they hit the late third quarter.
Texas has no “mercy rule” for 11-man football teams in high school. The two coaches could have chosen to end the game early, but it seems that discussion did not come up Friday night between the two coaches. The Aledo coach, Tim Buchanan, doesn't think it's fair that some say he should have started kneeling the ball on every play. He says telling the kids not to play hard because they're ahead is “against every fundamental coaching strategy that you have.” Others point out that if this were a college or professional game, the bullying discussion would never even begin.
The Western Hills coach, John Naylor, has indicated that he doesn't agree with the parent alleging that the Aledo group is a bullying football team. Buchanan says they did what they could to keep the scoring down. While everybody can agree that the end result was surely embarrassing for the Western Hills team, does a parent officially filing a complaint alleging the other group is a bullying football team really send the right message to the teens involved?