N. TX football players quit after coach's son named starting quarterback

The football season for one Texas town was almost over before it began when nine players resigned over the coach's choice for starting quarterback at Mineral Wells High School.

One by one, nine players stepped up to the microphone at Tuesday night's Mineral Wells school board meeting to complain that their head football coach, Gerald Perry, didn't establish a fair competition for the role of starting quarterback.

Instead, the players say Perry picked his son, Tristan.

"We love our coaches and staff, but this quarterback battle has been one sided the whole time," said student Alec Ortiz.

The other quarterback candidate, Trent Guinn, was moved by Perry to an entirely different position –- receiver. Guinn had never played that position before.

Guinn was told he would not be competing for the job of quarterback, and players told the board that Guinn outworked, outplayed and outshined Perry's son.

Last week, nine players turned in their pads and left the team.

All-district junior running back Johnny Morales was one of them.

"I've lost blood sweat and tears on the football field," said Morales. "I alone and all eight of my brothers who are standing against a corrupt system have seen Trent Guinn get treated unequally since Perry got here."

Then, Guinn's mother, Dana, addressed the board.

"I think both kids we're talking about here have been forgotten along the way in this and both have suffered because of it," she said. "They've both been put in a position where no one wins."

But victory may be on the horizon.

Guinn's father told FOX 4 off camera that the coaches came to his son the next day, said they made a mistake and decided to let him compete for the job of starting quarterback.

In a Facebook post, Dana Guinn said that the players "have been told that Coach Perry will not be involved with decisions on the offensive side of the ball."

FOX 4 is told that the players will be returning to the team.


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