By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
New Mexico State Police are investigating an injury to a Santa Rosa Lions football player that occurred during the Lions’ game with the Tucumcari Rattlers Nov. 8.
Santa Rosa Consolidated School District Superintendent Ted Hern asked state police to investigate the injury, a cut on the arm that required stitches, state police Capt. Matt Broom said.
Hern declined to answer any questions on Monday saying that police involvement prevents him from commenting.
Broom said Santa Rosa school officials believe the injury may have been caused by sharpened equipment they believe was worn by a Rattlers player.
Tucumcari Schools is cooperating with the state police, said Superintendent Aaron McKinney.
Rattlers Head Coach Wayne Ferguson said the allegation of sharpened equipment is “ridiculous.” He said he and all of the Rattlers coaches hold the safety of the players, “be it ours or theirs,” in the highest regard.
Dusty Young, associate director of the New Mexico Activities Association, declined to comment.
McKinney and Broom said that immediately after the injury, play was stopped at the request of Lions’ coaches, and a Rattlers player was examined by game officials, who found no alterations to that player’s equipment.
Broom said state police have yet to speak with the officiating crew, examine the player injury or seize any equipment from either team. He said that since this is an ongoing investigation, he could not discuss further details.
McKinney said police will have full access to any Rattlers equipment, personnel and school resources they may need.