Houston Co. High player injured pulling coach's truck | News
A Houston County High football player says he was injured this week while pulling a coach's pickup truck in a training exercise.
That's according to a Warner Robins police incident report.
The report says it happened Wednesday at the high school on Highway 96.
Police were contacted by Leslie Watkins, the mother of player Marcus Watkins. He is 15, according to the report.
The mother and son said a group of players were using ropes to pull the truck, while their coach sat inside. Leslie Watkins told 13WMAZ the vehicle was a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
Some of them got tired and dropped the ropes, leaving Marcus Watkins and another player to pull the pickup.
The two boys fell and the pickup reportedly rolled over them. Both players were injured, the report says, but the second player was not identified.
School officials aren't allowed to comment on specifics regarding students, however they do confirm that a student fell, but Superintendent Robin Hines said "no students got run over."
Marcus Watkins told the officer that "he ended up partially under the rear tire, and the team had to roll it off him," the officer wrote.
Watkins friends and teammates, Jeremy Lee and Bardenie Phillips, said they saw it all happen.
"Everybody thought he just fell because he was goofy acting. But when the tire rolled over his shoulder everybody was serious and they stopped laughing," said Phillips.
"It was shocking it was like watching your whole life go before your eyes. Knowing there's nothing you can do about it," added Lee.
The officer's report says Watkins suffered "severe road rash" to his left shoulder, elbow, thigh, side and buttocks and lost "chunks of skin" in some spots.
The officer wrote, "The majority of Marcus's injuries were bandaged up, yet I could see partial areas where the top layers of skin were completely gone and I could see raw flesh in some areas where chunks of skin were taken off at a much deeper level."
The officer took photos of his injuries, the report says, and Leslie Watkins took her son to a hospital for treatment..
According to the report, Leslie Watkins was upset that school officials did not call an ambulance and said school officials downplayed her son's injuries.
This week, school spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin told 13WMAZ she spoke with Houston County High School Principal Michelle Masters who said a student fell and scraped his skin.
She said, unfortunately a child hurt his leg or knee, but she had no additional information about the accident.
McLaughlin said the players were training for a charity truck-pulling event, but the school had stopped the training exercise.
The coach named in the report, Von Lassiter, referred questions to school Supt. Robin Hines.