Disciplinary action from the University Interscholastic League could be forthcoming after a Euless Trinity football player apparently ran over a referee intentionally during the team's playoff loss to Allen at Texas Stadium earlier this month.
The play in question, and shown on YouTube, was the second-to-last play of the game. The Allen Eagles had the ball in the final minute and faced a second-and-8 from their own 12. Allen running back Jeremiah Williams ran to his right — the area vacated by Elikena Fieilo — and went for a 41-yard gain. The Eagles took a knee on the next play to end the game.
Immediately following Trinity’s 34-21 loss in the 5A Division I region final on Dec. 6, Fieilo and some of the Trojans walked toward their tunnel and off the field before Trinity personnel stopped them so they could sing the school song with the rest of the team and do the team’s traditional post-game haka. Fieilo didn’t stay on the field during the haka, instead walking up the visitor-side tunnel at Texas Stadium.
Judy Ramos, director of communications for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, could not be reached for comment on the incident.
Fieilo, a senior linebacker, was a two-year starter at linebacker and named the Defensive MVP of the 2007 Class 5A Division I state championship game, in which Euless Trinity beat Converse Judson 13-10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
He led the Trojans with 106 total tackles during the regular season, also posting 10 tackles for loss, three caused fumbles, two sacks and an interception. Fieilo was named 5A all-state second team Thursday, his second postseason honor following a first-team selection to the District 5-5A all-district team.
The incident has created plenty of internet traffic, including discussion on popular high school football websites (www.5Atexasfootball.com and www.smoaky.com).