Altercation sends Sanderson coach to jail, one Marfa athlete in hospital


A Marfa versus Sanderson high school football game turned violent on Friday night, leading to a coach being arrested and an athlete in the hospital. 

Marfa Police Chief Estevan Marquez says the incident involved a fight between players on both teams. 

Authorities say video shows Sanderson Coach David Donnell pulling players away from the fight. 

That’s when Marquez says Donnell grabbed a Marfa player and swung him around before the player fell to the ground. 

Donnell was taken into custody Friday evening but released from jail on bond. 

The Sanderson coach is facing a Class A Misdemeanor Assault. 

Police say the Marfa student athlete was taken to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine to receive a CT scan. 

Marfa Police say the investigation into the altercation is still ongoing. 

Terrell County ISD Superintendent Amanda Magallan released a statement on the incident: 

“The incidents that occurred at the Sanderson v. Marfa football game on Friday, September 7th are unfortunate and embarrassing for both communities and school districts. There were actions by both teams that were unacceptable. The appropriate notifications have been made to UIL and TEA.  The district will review the incident.  Once all the facts are gathered, a decision regarding necessary actions will be taken.  Until that time, and based on what is known now, we support our coaching staff.”

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