Police Say Player Cut Opponent

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A 17-year-old Blake football player allegedly used a knife to cut the hand of at least one Magruder opponent during the teams' postgame handshake Friday night, according to Montgomery County police.

According to Cpl. Jimmy Robinson, spokesman for Montgomery County police, the student carried a folding knife in his hand as the teams lined up and shook hands after Magruder's 55-7 victory. Robinson said the player attempted to cut at least one other player.

The player, who was not in uniform, was arrested and charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault and carrying a weapon on school property, both misdemeanors.

"As far as a motive, there's nothing other than the Blake kid being upset at Magruder for beating him," Robinson said.

Magruder Coach Doug Miller said three of his players were cut and subsequently tended to on site by team medical staff, and none required stitches. All three players were released to the custody of their parents, and Miller said he expects them to be ready to play Thursday at Gaithersburg.

"They got cut and they didn't realize it until they started shaking a few other" hands, Miller said. "They were shaken up. . . . It's the first time I've ever heard of anything like this."

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