By Brian Howard
With a football game clearly out of reach Saturday night at Panthersville Stadium in DeKalb County, shots were fired, ending the high school football game between Riverdale and Lithonia with 1 minute, eight seconds left in the contest.
"We really didn't see anything," Riverdale football coach Nick Davis said Monday afternoon.
"We were told to leave by the police and we made our way off the field. I didn't think it (the shots) affected the game, because we were already ahead. I think it was more of a safety thing. Everything happened on the outside of the stadium."
The Raiders moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA with the 42-12 victory over Bulldogs, but there were reasons to be concerned after shots rang out.
According to News Channel 2 WSBTV and John Henson, deputy director of public safety for DeKalb County schools, two people were wounded. One person was shot in the foot, another suffered facial injuries in a fight.
No details were released about the two that were injured in the shooting Monday.
Police arrested one suspect, Henson said. It was also unclear whether the shots were fired from students or adults.
Clayton County athletic director Bob Brannon didn't know much about the incident over the weekend at the football game, but did say that both Tara and Twelve Oaks stadiums have got security in place.
Both stadiums will be busy this weekend.
Friday, Starr's Mill, coming off a homecoming victory against previously unbeaten Union Grove last Friday, plays Lovejoy at Twelve Oaks, while North Atlanta meets North Clayton at Tara Stadium in the Eagles' homecoming game.
Saturday, Twelve Oaks Stadium will be the place to be, with a doubleheader, starting with a 3 p.m. game between Douglass and Morrow. The nightcap game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature Cedar Grove taking on Jonesboro.
"We've never had this before," Brannon said about the doubleheader. "We won't have to 'clear out' the stadium. I don't expect fans to stay for both games. If they want to stay, they can. We will charge the same $6 at the gate and people who want to attend both games, will get to see them for the price of one."