One member of the Columbia High football team is sidelined as he recovers from a stab wound to the abdomen. Another faces expulsion and criminal prosecution as a result of the incident.
But Columbia High coach Kemper Amick said the team is moving on.
“The kids rally around each other, and really, I think they deal with things better than the adults do sometimes. It says a lot about the kids that they can regroup and stay focused through that,” said Amick, whose team improved to 5-1 after Friday’s win at Lee Central.
A 15-year-old student at Columbia High was arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill Wednesday stemming from a fight with teammate Antonio Geiger after practice on Oct. 1.
According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department incident report, Geiger punched the 15-year-old, who responded by cutting Geiger across the abdomen with a box cutter. The 15-year-old’s name is being withheld because he is a minor.
Geiger was treated and released from Palmetto Health Richland the same day. He will be out of the lineup for at least four weeks, Amick said.
Geiger, a senior wide receiver, was on the sideline Friday as the Capitals delivered “as good an offensive game as we’ve played all year,” Amick said.
The other boy was kicked off the team and booked at the juvenile wing of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on the night of the incident. The case is under investigation, and no hearing date has been set, according to Babs Lindsay, spokeswoman for the Fifth Circuit solicitor’s office.
Amick said he talked with the younger boy Friday.
“He’s got a difficult situation to face now, and we wish him the best in that, just like we wish Antonio the best,” Amick said. “They both are very remorseful about what happened, and they hate that it went so far.”
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