HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Bandys, Lincolnton confirm each will be without 1 player ejected last week

Bandys head coach injured but on the

job, will guide Trojans against Maiden


Injured Bandys High head football coach Jason Barnes is with the Trojans this week — in all aspects of his normal duties for the Trojans — and will coach Friday’s home game against Maiden, Trojans athletic director Brandon Harbinson confirmed late Monday night. Harbinson is awaiting more specific details, he said, before clarifying exactly how many Bandys players might miss the Maiden game via ejections from last Thursday night’s home loss to Lincolnton. Harbinson said he will indicate the number of players, if any, when he has fully clarified information from the process.



CATAWBA – Bandys and Lincolnton will each have one high school varsity football player out on Friday due to ejections for fighting in last Thursday’s game at Bandys.

Bandys athletic director Brandon Harbinson on Tuesday clarified the Trojans had one ejection while a Lincoln County Schools (LCS) officials said via email the Wolves will be without one player.

Bandys is at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Maiden while West Caldwell visits Lincolnton (7:30 p.m.) in Catawba Valley Athletic 2A games.

The ejections come from a skirmish at the end of the first half last Thursday in the Wolves’ 43-34 victory, just after the Trojans scored and while they were trying to kick an extra point.

As a matter of privacy, HobbsDailyReport.com will not report any specifics about the student-athletes, only the number each team it without.

The NCHSAA chooses not to discuss ejection reports on actions taken by NCHSAA board of directors-imposed rules governing its member schools; the “no comment, go to the schools involved for information and inquiries” is not an NCHSAA rule but a policy Commissioner Que Tucker has chosen to continue (most, if not all, previous commissioners also made that choice).

Bandys is also dealing with having head coach Jason Barnes injured (read details at the bottom of the story re the nature of his injuries, etc.).

On Monday, Harbinson said Barnes is working this week and will guide the Trojans against the Blue Devils.

HobbsDailyReport.com has contacted both the Catawba County Schools (CCS) and LCS with questions regarding information about what happened at the game.

Some video of a sequence of events has been posted on social media.

hen we receive additional info and a return of such requests — both school systems are subject to public records laws — HobbsDailyReport.com will update this situation, if needed

Under state law, school systems are allowed “reasonable time” to answer inquiries from the public and the media.

The Facebook post below — from several days ago — is by BHS officials over the weekend with an update on Barnes from Barnes’ wife.

HobbsDailyReport.com normally would not post any health-related information because of privacy concerns but the post clearly indicates to the BHS community the nature of Coach Barnes’ multiple injuries.

No details about when in the game — and where and how Barnes was injured — have been detailed by BHS or CCS, and HobbsDailyReport.com has not yet discussed that with Barnes, as those details are private.

Bandys High School Athletics

·Thank you all for your concerns, thoughts and prayers for Coach Barnes. We wanted to update you all.

From Coach Barnes wife, Moriah:

Please thank our wonderful community for their texts and reaching out about Jason.

He will have an MRI on Tuesday.

He has a break in his fibula and bone has pulled away from the knee. Two torn hamstrings and a torn bicep.

He is still honestly in really good spirits!

Get well soon, Coach!

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