AHSAA Executive Director releases statement on fight after Walker High School football game

Update 4:40 p.m.

Walker High School football coach John Holladay has resigned following last week's fight after the team's game with Cullman High School. Offensive coordinator Heath Brunner has been named the interim head coach.


AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese released a statement Tuesday regarding the brutal brawl between coaches and players following a game between Walker High School and Cullman High School last week.

Savarese's statement read as followed:

"The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved. The AHSAA is always disappointed by any unsportsmanlike incident that involves players or coaches from our member schools. Our coaches are teachers first, and must demonstrate examples of good sportsmanship at all times. We truly understand the passions that are involved in competitive athletics, but we can never allow those passions to cross the line and become unsportsmanlike in nature. This is an isolated incident, and is not indicative of the good sportsmanship demonstrated by the more than 10,000 coaches in our state each day. Once our investigation is complete, we will release our findings to the member schools involved. When that process has been completed, the AHSAA will release a statement. Any subsequent statements or information must then come from the member schools involved."

Savarese says a decision could be handed down as early as Friday.