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Incident in Seton-Stevenson football game brought to WIAA’s attention

Assistant coach, opposing player made contact

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 25, 2023, 5:22pm

Officials from Seton Catholic and Stevenson high schools are looking into an incident on video from last Friday’s football game — and now have gotten the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association involved.

The video appears to show a Seton assistant coach knocking down a Stevenson player after the player walked into the coach leading with his helmet.

The incident came during the fourth quarter of Seton’s 59-0 victory at its home field. Multiple video angles obtained by The Columbian show a Seton coach — identified by the school as assistant coach Rick Devereux — allegedly knocked down a Stevenson player following a punt-return tackle on Seton’s Teddy Wieczorek out of bounds on Seton’s sideline. The same clip shows the Stevenson player’s helmet appearing to make contact with Devereux’s chest before the player was knocked to the turf.

Officials are seen throwing flags on the play. Seton athletic director Phil Kent said Monday that Devereux voluntarily left the field shortly after the play and was not ejected by the game’s officiating crew.

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The teams did not take part in the traditional postgame handshake line.

By Sunday, two days following the game, multiple video clips of the incident circulated across social media platforms.

Kent said both Seton and Stevenson school officials met Monday to discuss the incident.

“We are taking it very seriously; we understand everyone’s concerns,” Kent said. … “What we (the two schools) do agree on is that this needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed by a neutral party.”

That neutral party is the WIAA, where the video clips plan to be reviewed.

“Both schools are working together with the WIAA to come to a resolution,” Kent said.

Stevenson’s athletic director, Chris Perk, added his school spent much of Monday morning sorting out details of Friday’s events and hope to learn more from the Trico League and WIAA later this week.

In light of Friday’s incident, the schools canceled Monday’s junior-varsity football game.