The Associated Press
NAMPA, Idaho — A high school football player accused of punching his coach and leaving him with broken bones in the face has been charged with felony aggravated battery.
Kipton Ramos, 18, who was arrested Thursday night, did not make a plea when he appeared in District Court on Friday, and is being held in the Canyon County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Officials said Scott Wooldridge, coach of the Nampa High Bulldogs, tried to break up a fight between Ramos and a player from Emmett High School at the end of Thursday’s game. A school district spokeswoman told the Idaho Press-Tribune that Ramos punched Wooldridge as the coach tried to restrain him.
Wooldridge was treated and released from a hospital Thursday night. Police say Woolridge was punched more than once and had a broken nose and broken bones around his right eye socket.
According to witnesses, players piled on each other after Emmett tried an onside kick as the clock ran out in Nampa’s 28-16 victory. A Nampa player standing on the field but not involved in the play was hit in the back by an Emmett player, who was not penalized.
Nampa players who saw it reacted.
Ramos, a running back and defensive end, had been penalized by an official for unsportsmanlike conduct before Wooldridge intervened, said John Billetz, executive director of the Idaho High School Activities Association. The penalty means Ramos was ejected and must also miss the team’s next game.
A spokesman said Ramos has been kicked off the team and suspended from school for five days. The Bulldogs, runner-up in the 4A state playoffs last season, begin postseason play next week.