Walker High School head football coach resigns

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) – John Holladay has resigned as Walker High School head football coach following Friday night’s on-field brawl involving coaches from Walker and Cullman high schools.

Jasper City Schools Superintendent Robert Sparkman confirmed Holladay’s resignation Tuesday afternoon.

Holladay’s resignation comes on the heels of a brawl at the end of Friday night’s game against Cullman High School. Tempers flared following a controversial and contested call toward the end of the game that gave Cullman the win.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) executive director Steve Savarese released a statement Tuesday stating that an investigation is underway and the findings would be released upon its completion.

“The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved,” Savarese said in the statement. “The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved.”

Holladay had previously been placed on paid administrative leave before his resignation.

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