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Stoney Creek Football Coach is Fine After Being Punched By Opposing Player

A West Bloomfield football player could face assault and battery charges after Friday night incident.

Recently updated: 5:25 p.m. with additional information from the West Bloomfield School District

A Stoney Creek High School assistant football coach who was punched unconscious on the field after the varsity team's win over West Bloomfield Friday night is doing fine, a Rochester Community Schools spokesperson says.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old West Bloomfield football player who police say was responsible for the altercation has been released to his parents pending assault and battery charges in Oakland County Probate Court.

According to a statement released by the West Bloomfield School District signed by Superintendent Gerald Hill, the student was suspended in accordance with consequences of violating district policy.

"This incident involved the actions of one student only and not the team. The remainder of the West Bloomfield Lakers football team behaved appropriately," according to the statement.

West Bloomfield athletic director Pat Watson offered no comment about any additional discipline for the student.

According to Capt. Michael Johnson, commander of the Rochester Hills substation for the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the student approached Cougars freshman football head coach "Buzz" Zube, 66, with six seconds left in the game, at about 9:50 p.m. Friday, after a verbal disagreement between the two coaching staffs on the field. The punch knocked Zube unconscious; he was fine after being tended to by team trainers Friday night, according to a Rochester Community Schools spokesperson.

Zube is the father of varsity head coach Brad Zube and was helping to coach the varsity Cougars during the 50-28 Homecoming night win over its Oakland Activities Association Red division rivals.

According to a report on MI Prep Zone, with six seconds on the clock, Brad Zube ordered his team off the field without going through the post-game handshake line.

West Bloomfield players and coaches then walked across the field to approach the Cougars; that's when the assault occured, according to the police report.

West Bloomfield School District spokesperson Pam Zajac said that crossing the field and coming into contact with the coaching staff was necessary in order for the team to leave.

"The Stoney Creek stadium is designed so that the only way for the opposing team to exit the field is to cross the field and exit up through the student section," Zajac said. "Crossing the field and coming into contact with their coaching staff only occurred because the team was attempting to exit the field."

Johnson said that the student was arrested on the field by two school liaison officers after "attempting to blend in with his teammates" and being pointed out by witnesses. The student's parents were with him at the Rochester Police Department when he was arrested, Johnson added.

Rochester Schools released a statement explaining that an internal investigation is under way and that the school district is working with West Bloomfield administrators to find out what happened.

"If any Stoney Creek High School players or coaches are found to be at fault, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken," said the statement from the district's community relations manager, Debbi Hartman.

The loss drops West Bloomfield's overall record to 1-6 while Stoney Creek is 4-3.


 

Mike October 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
People just don't punch other people for no reason. He had to have said or done something. but I suppose we'll never know.
laurie puscas October 08, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I would be asking if anyone has video of the incident. With all the phones out there, surely someone caught what happened.
MonicaG October 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Heard a kid was injured and removed from the field in an ambulance (unrelated to this incident) Anyone know if he's ok?
Timothy Rath (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Laurie: Thank you for your comment. This comment was provided to Patch by Pam Zajac, the spokesperson for the West Bloomfield School District: "A review of the video shows no on-field 'scuffling' and it was not evident that there was any 'trash talk.'"
R Edward October 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
West Bloomfield game tape caught the post game incident (including the punch) on tape. I have seen it. You can see West Bloomfield charge across the field. You can see Mr. Zube on the ground and the West Bloomfield player who punched him running away. If Pam Zajac did not see this on tape, they were either not provides this particular tape by West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy or West Bloomfield is participating in a cover up. Where is this tape? I would think OCSD would be looking for this, as it is evidence in a crime.
Mike October 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The plot thickens....... I say we need this video on the Patch...sort of like the election day brawl .... and let us comment on yet another scandal.
Stacy October 09, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I was talking about this incident with a long time high school friend and was reminded of a similar incident that happened at one of our high school football games, 20+ years ago. The police were called but no one was arrested and there were no reported any injuries but suspensions were handed down. It was our home game against this team and want to know what happened at the away game against this team? Nothing, because the 2nd game never happened. Both districts decided to forfeit the 2nd game and each took a loss. And can you believe this? All the coaches and the parents supported the forfeit. No one blamed each other, made excuses or tried to justify the incident. Parents and coaches made their players take responsibility for their teams actions, remember, rise and fall like a team. And we could not recall any further incidents with our high school sport teams for years afterward. Maybe an example needs to be made that this behavior cannot be tolerated, as we are seeing this way too often in high school and youth sports, with players, coaches and parents alike. But nowadays, I can only imagine who will be more upset about a forfeit, the coaches or the parents? But I can guarantee the players would learn a valuable lesson. It's amazing how times have changed.
MBear October 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Situations like this tend to move off-field to social gatherings when players/students from rival schools meet up with one another. I hope parents and law enforcement are watching for that. Prayers for all involved for peace & forgiveness.
Timothy Rath (Editor) October 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
MonicaG: Sorry for the delay in reply. I only confirmed last night (Friday) that WBHS senior Caleb McCurtis suffered a "stinger" injury in the game against Stoney Creek. He was fine — in fact, he scored a touchdown in the Lakers' win over Pontiac.

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