ALBANY — Shannon Saunders has been kicked off the Westover High School football team, and there’s little chance he will return this season, a source told The Herald on Wednesday. He will not be in uniform when Westover plays a crucial Region 1-AAA game at Americus-Sumter on Friday night.
Saunders, a 16-year-old sophomore who plays running back and linebacker, was indicted last week for the May 23 rape and aggravated assault of a 15-year girl in the Westover auditorium while school was out.
Westover principal William Chunn told The Herald last week that the girl was not a Westover student. Even though the indictment was handed down last week, Saunders was allowed to remain on the team and played against Cairo last Friday. He scored a touchdown and gained 54 yards rushing while splitting time in the backfield.
Saunders, who has been a backup running back for most of the season, had his biggest game of the year when he rushed for 199 yards against Crisp County two weeks ago.