Warren County coach David Daniel suffered crushed bones in his face and had metal plates implanted in his head following his team’s 21-2 win over Hancock Central on Oct. 14.
The coach was smashed in the face with a helmet during the brawl, Warren County Superintendent Carole Jean Carey has said.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe found that Daniel was struck by a fist when he was punched by an opposing player, said Fred Bright, the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney.
The GBI investigation found that Daniel was punched by a Hancock Central player, who claims that he was defending himself, Bright told The Augusta Chronicle.
Daniel told an emergency medical technician that he had been accidentally hit in the face by one of his own player’s helmets when the player was swinging at someone else, according to the GBI report.
Both teams’ players say the other team started the fight, the GBI report indicates.