AIA says injuries weren't deliberate during Tempe-Saguaro game

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Interscholastic Association said players were not deliberately trying to injure one another during last Friday’s game between Tempe and Saguaro High School.

On Wednesday, the AIA said in a press release that their review of game tape and reports from each school showed no evidence that players were attempting to cause injury.

The AIA noted that both teams committed unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, and that the referees made appropriate calls against both sides.

Administrators from both schools were brought together by the AIA on Wednesday to discuss their findings.

While the AIA said there’s no evidence of any deliberate injuries, they did not say that the two schools would avoid punishment.

Any sanctions will be decided and announced by the AIA Board of Directors on October 22 during their next scheduled board meeting.

Tempe High School forfeited last Friday’s game just before halftime because they feared for the safety of their players.

Two Tempe players had to be taken off the field by ambulance during the game, and the referees sent both teams to their locker rooms early to cool off.

All of the players injured during the game are expected to be ok.