Officials, players deserve respect from parents and fans

November 11, 2014

Column by Dennis Mills


Knox Central Athletic Director Jeff Canady speaks to an official during the Taylor County playoff game. Canady had just confronted a Panther fan who refused to yield to the official’s request for fans to clear the sideline.

Knox Central Athletic Director Jeff Canady speaks to an official during the Taylor County playoff game. Canady had just confronted a Panther fan who refused to yield to the official’s request for fans to clear the sideline.

It’s first down early in the first quarter of Knox Central’s playoff game against Taylor County. The Panthers are playing to extend their historic district championship season and a flag flies from an official. The coaches look stunned because they see no infraction on their team. Then why was a flag thrown?

The fans.

It’s a warning for the Knox Central fans to clear the sideline so the referees have room to officiate the game.

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