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Valley coaches react to Cullman coaches fight

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It's a football brawl that's getting a lot of buzz.

Last Friday night, Walker County High School head coach John Holladay and Cullman assistant coach Matt Hopper were caught on tape pushing, shoving then punching after the game.

"I think any coach that saw it probably had a sickening feeling in their stomach," said Grissom High School head coach Dale Overton. "It's not something that we want to promote or hope ever happens." 

Overton found out about the fight not long after it happened. He said emotions can run high during a game, but it's important for coaches not to cross the line.

"Coaches have had to deal with, things like parents coming on the field and maybe having to do something or break people apart but it's very seldom you see coaches do that," he said.  "The last thing we need to do is be getting in a brawl ourselves when we tell them that they can't get into brawls during games." 

Hazel Green head coach Matt Putnam shares a similar message with his players. He said once he caught wind of the Friday night fiasco, he felt sorry for the kids and coaches. 

"I hate it for the communities and I hate it for the kids to have this black eye and I really hate it for my colleagues," he said.  "It's a really emotional game." 

Putnam said part of their responsibilities as coaches is letting your feelings ride the bench and be a role model. 

"Part of football is conflict resolution," he said.  "We are teaching young men how to deal with the struggles of life and I hate that they set that example."

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