Westover football player kicked off team

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.


waltspecht 4 years, 1 month ago

I know it's innocent until proven guilty, but suspension until proven innocent is the route most school and public systems would follow in cases like this. Allowing him to play in even that one game, sent the wrong message.


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