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Prep soccer fight involves players, coach
« on: May 12, 2008, 10:23:21 PM »
WILSON, N.C. — A fight broke out involving two opposing players during a women's soccer playoff game between Wilson Hunt and Gray's Creek on Saturday night.

When officials hesitated to intervene, according to the Wilson County Sheriff's office, a father from the stands went out onto the field and separated the two girls, one of which fell to the ground.

According to Maj. John Farmer, the father was Randall Raper, employed by Wilson County Schools. Raper is also the head football coach at Wilson Hunt.

Farmer said Raper did not knock the Gray's Creek player to the ground.

"We responded to a call of an assault at Hunt High School at the soccer field," Farmer said. "There was a fight between two opposing players. The official did not take immediate action. One of the fathers stepped out onto the field and separated the two girls.”

Deputies interviewed witnesses at the game.

“There were no criminal charges taken against the father. According to the witnesses that our deputies interviewed, the assault was committed by the two girls on themselves fighting," Farmer said.

When asked if charges were going to be filed against Raper, Farmer said, "Absolutely not."

Farmer pointed out that the assault involving the two girls would be just a misdemeanor, and that one of them would have to come forward and file charges.

"It's over for us," Farmer said.

Rick Strunk, the associate executive director at the N.C. High School Athletic Association, said  Monday morning that an ejection report had not been filed yet.

School officials at both schools declined to comment on the incident, citing an ongoing investigation.

Hunt won the game 2-1 in overtime, and will advance to play Jacksonville on Wednesday night. Hunt is now 21-2-0 as a No. 1 seed in the 3-A Eastern Regional.