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Smiths Station football coach teaches players sportsmanship daily

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A Smiths Station High School football coach said the viral video of two Alabama coaches in a post game brawl is not distracting his players from the game.

The fight happened Friday night after the game between Walker and Cullman high schools. After a 10-13 loss against Cullman, Walker High School Head Coach John Holladay can be seen shoving and punching Cullman Defensive Coordinator Matt Hopper.

Smiths Station High School Head Coach Mark Rose knows Holladay and called it an unfortunate incident. "You feel for your fellow coaches and you know you've been in that situation before and obviously he just handled it the wrong way."

Rose has been a coach for 16 years and said it's always tough losing a close game to a rival, but he believes the number one priority for a leader is to always set a good example. "I think it's something you got to preach out and live out every day."

Every day his 75-player team has character-building sessions before practice. Coach Rose said it teaches them sportsmanship, how to make the right choice in emotional situations and how to have self-discipline. It's something Rose started learning from his high school football coach and he puts it in perspective for the young men.

"If you don't have any self-discipline and you pop off to your boss you going to be in the street with no job and your family and children are going to be hurt by it because you can't feed them," Coach Rose told them on one occasion.

The video may show un-sportsmanlike conduct, but Rose said there is a positive takeaway. "I thought the assistant coaches they did an outstanding job because it could have turned into a player brawl and you saw coaches getting those players out."

Rose said he will talk to his players this week about the video.

Jasper school officials suspended Holladay and Heath Bruner will serve as the interim head coach. Cullman did not take any action against its coaches.

To watch the fight click here.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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