Emotions hot after Basha-Desert Ridge game
It’s probably safe to say the Basha and Desert Ridge coaching staffs won’t be sending each other holiday cards this December.
Following Friday’s 48-28 win by the Jaguars, Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock and his assistants were visibly upset because they believed the Basha coaching staff was directing unsavory comments toward their players during the action.
Hathcock became agitated in the handshake line but was quickly ushered to the north end zone by one of his assistants. There, the Desert Ridge players hoisted up an assistant coach on their shoulders and danced around while looking across the field at Basha.
Bears coach Bernie Busken said his staff didn’t appreciate it.
“Our people were upset with the way they acted,” Busken said.
Hathcock was flustered after the game, so much so that he had trouble talking about his team’s performance.
“I’m a little fired up,” he said.
Busken said he heard a negative comment come from one of his coaches in the first quarter, but that a nearby official told him to stop. After that, he said he didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary from his sideline. The Desert Ridge staff obviously disagreed.
“I just think maybe both groups were excited,” Busken said.
Despite the raw emotions, both sides left without further incident.