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Page 2B Sperls Hays Free Press March 15, 2017 BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ Back in 2015, Marble Falls High School center snapped the football to its quarterback intent on running out the game clock to secure its 15-9 victory. Two members of the John Jay High School team had other ideas. As the ball was snapped, a safety from John Jay slammed an unsuspect- ing official, Robert Watts, to the ground. Watts' head snapped back and another John Jay football player lowered his shoul- der into the official as he crumpled to the ground. The story made na- tional news, because of the severity of the attack. These were high school kids assaulting an official during a football game, after all. "This is 100% unac- ceptable behavior no matter what happens," said Terry Franks, chief of staff for Texas Represen- tative Jason Isaac. "You can't take this kind of action." Victor Rajas and Mi- chael Moreno were sus- pended for the rest of the 2015-16 season. Rajas, a sophomore, was later "People say 'boys will be boys' and that was off-putting to me and Representative (Jason)Isaac ... A very serious lesson needs to be learned here. Once you cross a barrier like that you're going down a real slippery path that we may not be able to come back from." -Terry Franks, chief of staff for Texas Representative Jason Isaac reinstated and allowed institute a punishment of to participate in athletic this nature. events after his suspen- "They hadn't seen any- sion was complete, thing like this," Franks Watts, who lives in said. "When you talk to Buda, reached out to some of the national his local representatives referee associations, to begin a conversation the numbers are get- about the importance of ring pretty high on these protecting officials. Isaac, things. That was alarm- presiding over Texas ing to us, so we wanted House District 45, and UIL to have a tool that his staff brought in the they can use to say 'hey if University Interscholastic someone does something League (UIL) to continue so egregious that you can the discourse, tell' then they don't need Thus, House Bill 2768 to play in high school was born. The legislation sports anymore." - known as the Referee Franks said short-term Protection Bill - details a suspensions in situa- plan allowing UIL to per- tions similar to the John manently ban an athlete Jay case could induce from high school sports, problematic behavior in Prior to this proposal, the future. Franks said UIL didn't "People say 'boys will have the authority to be boys' and that was off-putting to me and Representative (Jason): Isaac," Franks said, A : very serious lesson needs to be learned here, be you cross a barrier Ffl~e that you're going down a real slippery path that we may not be able to come back from." Hays athletic coordi- nator Neal La Hue said he supports the bill. He added that schools should have a policy to deal with these situations if they arise, too. "I think it's meant to keep people safe and as far as the punish- ment phase I don't have a comment on that," La Hue said. "It's fine. You need to teach kids that it's a game. It's not life or death and you don't have to take it out on the referees." The bill, filed March 2, would take affect Sept. 1, 2017 if it passes through the Texas Legislature. "I think the Referees Protection bill has a pretty good shot of get- ting through," Franks said. "I think the issue is very near and dear to people's hearts. You can't imagine a 16- or 17-year- old young adult doing something like that and not face a serious reper- cussion." 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"That one inning they got a little rally going, we shut them down," Cone said. "I was proud of that." Valdez pitched the entire game, allowing just two runs and one hit in six innings. "She did an awe- some job on the mound tonight," Cone said. "I'm very proud of her. She's got great pitches and I think they had a hard time catching up." With Valdez going to work, the Rebels' offense provided more than enough oomph to earn a blowout win. Hays' Brianna Rodri- guez lined a double to centerfield on the first pitch of the game. Kaylin Davis intended on giving up an out to move Rodri- guez over to second base, but Lehman misplaced the bunt and both run- hers were safe. A soft-line drive from Lou Arroyo scored the first runner aJ~d a wild pitch on the ensuing pitch added an- other Rebel run. By the end of the first inning, Hays led 2-0. "We have been playing from behind a lot so this game we changed things around," Cone said. "We got on the ball early and stayed on the ball. That was good for us. Scored a lot of runs offensively and held them defensively." Everything came "They were having fun and that's very important. It's also a cross- town rival and they know how important the game was and how important it was to come out and get on them and stay on them." -Lisa Cone, Rebel coach together for the Rebels Friday night. Hays scored runs in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth innings. Rodri- guez finished 3-of-4 at the plate, with two doubles, a walk and two runs batted in. Her last hit, another line drive to centerfield, drove in the game's last run. "Our energy tonight was great and that has a lot to do with it," Cone said. "They were having fun and that's very impor- tant. It's also a cross-town rival and they know how important the game was and how important it was to come out and get on them and stay on them." 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