WILLIAMSBURG — A video circulating on social media has created quite the buzz around Friday night’s regional championship matchup between the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets and the Paintsville Tigers.
The Yellow Jackets traveled to Paintsville on Friday where they were handed a heartbreaking 36-34 loss to the Tigers in the Class 1A, Region 4 championship but a controversial video has started making its rounds on social media that appears to show Williamsburg senior quarterback Dalton Ponder being forcibly moved by someone who appears to be with the Tigers in an official capacity.
I don’t know who needs to see this, but a Williamsburg High School player was hit out of bounds by a Paintsville COACH! There was no intent to slow the player down. He loads his arms inside and explodes through his shoulder. It was intentional!@KHSAA @DanKHSAA @SarahKHSAA pic.twitter.com/atuQ1PQdGM— Ryan Moses (@RMoses10) November 24, 2019
In the video, Ponder can be seen running out of bounds towards the opposing team’s sideline when a person wearing dark clothing appears to be stepping towards him and extending his arms in what appears to be an attempt to make contact with Ponder.
Ryan Moses posted the video to Twitter under the username “@RMoses10” on Sunday where he tagged several KHSAA accounts in an attempt to have an investigation opened up about the incident.
After the incident, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on Paintsville’s sideline, according to official sources in attendance of Friday’s game.
KHSAA Communications Director Joe Angolia released the following statement to the Times-Tribune after request for comment:
“This incident is not something that falls under the KHSAA’s jurisdiction, as it is outside of the NFHS football playing rules. This situation should be handled at the local level by the member schools.”
According to Williamsburg High School Athletic Director and head football coach Jerry Herron, the incident is being looked into by school officials.
“We’ve all seen the video and it’s still under investigation,” Herron said.