High school notebook: CHA assistant Paul Blair, a former OSU player, ejected from Friday's game

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: September 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm •  Published: September 27, 2009
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With Christian Heritage Academy up 10-6 late in the fourth quarter against Wellston, CHA assistant Paul Blair was ejected for saying something to a Wellston player.

CHA head coach John Merrell and Wellston head coach Lloyd Leep both said they do not know what was said.

"I asked my kids after the game, and they weren’t sure exactly what Paul said to them,” Leep said. "They couldn’t fully make out what he was saying.”

Merrell didn’t ask the officials exactly what Blair said, saying the officials were doing their job.

"I talked to Paul after the game, and he was very contrite. It’s unfortunate this incident happened because Paul is such a great guy,” Merrell said.

OSSAA director of officials Mike Whaley declined to comment. Whaley said the protocol is for one of the officials to notify him about the situation. Whaley will then conduct his own investigation.

Blair, who starred at OSU and played for the NFL’s Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, could not be reached for comment and is the offensive line coach for the Crusaders.

Griffin out indefinitely

Clinton’s chances at a Class 3A state championship have taken a hit with a leg injury to star running back Delans Griffin.

Griffin, a Texas Tech commit, hurt his leg in the second game of the season. Coach Mike Lee said the staff did not know the extent of the injury until last week.

"It’s tough to replace someone like him, but we’re going to have to try to bounce back,” Lee said.

Lee said he is not sure how long Griffin will be out, but it will be at least a couple of weeks, meaning Griffin will miss the showdown with Tuttle in two weeks.

Griffin’s replacement, Saul Pena, rushed for three touchdowns in a loss to Anadarko on Friday.

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