Zeke Cardenas, St. Anthony High School Football Player, Hits Referee on Video

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2015

A bag of footballs sits on the field before the start of the Oklahoma-Kansas State NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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For the second time in little more than a week, a high school football player in Texas was ejected from a game for making contact with a referee.

Here's video footage of the incident, via CrazySports (original footage of the incident found at Meridix.com):

According to Nick Schwartz of USA Today, during Saturday's game between St. Anthony Catholic High School and Hyde Park, St. Anthony safety Zeke Cardenas shoved a referee who was throwing a flag after officials broke up a fight between the two teams.

“Whatever happened was unfortunate, especially with whatever happened last week in Marble Falls,” said Hyde Park coach Dean Campbell, who was "not at the game after he was recovering from a heart attack," per Ben Baby of MySanAntonio.com. “I spoke with the coaches after the game and I didn’t really ask them what all they saw.”

On Sept. 4, two players from John Jay High School were ejected from a game and subsequently suspended after appearing to target a referee. The pair accused the referee of using racial slurs, per ESPN.com, though the situation is still being investigated.

This latest incident appears to be a case of a player losing his cool in the heat of the moment, though touching an official in that way will likely lead to some sort of suspension.

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