CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some people were turned off by the fact Hurricane's players - for the most part - didn't shake hands with George Washington's players following Friday's Class AAA game playoff game in South Hills.
One of them was Kanawha County school board member Becky Jordon, who voiced her displeasure about the incident on Saturday.
"That was uncalled for,'' Jordon said. "Every athlete needs to shake hands at the end of the game no matter what happened. I don't care what happened on the field.''
Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor pointed to the fact that two of his players were ejected in the waning minutes of the contest, a 35-10 GW win, and that emotions were running high on his team's sideline immediately following the game. The Redskins were in the game until GW rattled off four fourth-quarter touchdowns.
"Nothing good was going to come from us shaking hands,'' Taylor said. Taylor said he alerted both his athletic director (Gary Eggleton) and GW's AD (Shawn Wheeler) about his decision before the game ended.
"I wasn't trying to be disrespectful, but I don't want another South Charleston thing, and it's not going to happen here. We don't have players like that. The two players who were thrown out are good, exceptional student athletes. They let their emotions get the best of them. I didn't want another one of those [fights] happening.''
Hurricane and SC players fought with a few seconds remaining in their 2010 playoff quarterfinal game, prompting multiple ejections on either side and a drawn-out legal mess.
Some Redskins fans left Friday's game with hard feelings because they felt GW was running up the score.
Held scoreless for the first half, GW came out throwing the ball in the second half and kept playing wide open after taking a 21-3 lead with 7:59 left in the game. Ryan Switzer recovered his own onside kick and two plays later, Switzer caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Bell.