Arizona lawmaker bothered by violent high school football game

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  Instead of feeling like being on a field of play, for some people, the football game between Tempe and Saguaro high schools last Friday felt more like being on a battlefield.

Now, state Rep. Ed Ableser is calling for an investigation by both districts and the Arizona Interscholastic Association into what he calls possible infractions of "excessive, unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct." 

"We need a culture change in high school sports," he said.

The game was so serious that two Tempe players had to be taken away by ambulance, rival players even taunting others that they would be next. Tempe forfeited the game after referees sent both teams to the locker rooms to cool off.

"I don't think state government needs to interfere with school board business, but I do think AIA and the districts should come up with solutions the community can weigh in on," Ableser said.

AIA issued a statement that its board is reviewing game tapes, along with school and official reports.  A formal statement will be issued when its board makes a decision.

All of the players who were hurt are expected to be OK.