Little league football game in Fillmore turns ugly

Published: Sunday, Sept. 30 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

Tobler said he was confused at first because he didn't see the quarterback down.

"I guess one of their kids was hurt," Tobler said. "I thought there was a timeout; I didn't know one of their kids was hurt. I heard the Juab coach yelling at me. I didn't know what for. He started yelling at me, 'You're an (expletive). Your kids are dirty; you are dirty."

Tobler was angered by the insults and walked onto the field with the intention of confronting the coach yelling at him. But officials stopped him and sent him back to his sideline.

Officials then called both head coaches to the center of the field to try and clear the air. It was apparently so contentious that the head official just declared the game over and told the teams to leave.

Sterma said that while the Juab coach wanted to continue playing, the South Sevier coach "had some issues. I said, 'The ballgames over, for the safety of the kids.'"

Ludlow agreed with that decision.

"I think it was a smart call," said Ludlow, who said Juab coaches were only trying to protect their players. "Our kids were starting to get mad at this point, wanting to retaliate, and more kids would have been hurt on both sides."

But the problems didn't dissipate when officials ended the game.

As the Juab players were leaving they passed between the South Sevier players, who were still meeting on the field with their coaches and their fans, who were still in the stands.

Juab parents and coaches said the South Sevier crowd spit on and threw water bottles at the Wasps' players as they left to board their bus.

Tobler said the Juab team could have chosen a different route to their bus, but they jogged in front of the fans and chanted "scoreboard."

Ludlow, however, said it wasn't intentional. He said they chose the quickest route to the bus and there was no plan to chant anything. After some fans insulted the players by telling them to get back out and finish the game, some players retorted with "scoreboard."

Everyone involved was disappointed that the situation spiraled so far out of control the players couldn't finish, let alone enjoy, reaching such an important milestone in the playoffs.

"That's no way you want to end the season," Tobler said.

Ludlow said he went over after the team was on the bus and talked with Tobler. The conversation was terse but ended in a handshake.

"Is there responsibility on both sides? I think so," said Ludlow. "It was just a series of unfortunate events."

Bowring said he's already talking to his counterparts at South Sevier and hopes they can learn from Saturday night's events.

"What we do now is try to make sure South Sevier knows it's water under the bridge," Bowring said. "We have some dear friends in that community and we respect them. We'll continue training our coaches to be on their best behavior, to let them know we don't say or do anything that could end up in a situation like that."

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