Football player pokes opponent's eye during Prep Bowl game


The Minnesota State High School League is looking into an incident from Saturday's Prep Bowl, when a Minneapolis North High School player appeared to poke an opposing player in the eye late in the game.

The incident occurred during the Class A championship game between Minneapolis North and Minneota at TCF Bank Stadium. Minneota running back Isaac Hennen was on the ground after being tackled, when North defender Antwan Cobble shoved a couple of fingers through Hennen's facemask and apparently struck one of his eyes, according to the Star Tribune.

The incident was recorded by Channel 45, which aired the Prep Bowl games live, and the "eye poke" is clearly seen on the video replay.

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Hennen got help from someone on the sidelines to get off the field, and told his coach he got poked in the eye. He returned to the game a short time later and scored his third touchdown of the day.

Cobble wasn't charged with a penalty, but the video of the incident has gone viral, with sites like RedditDeadspin and USA Today posting about it.

Kevin Merkle, a spokesman for the High School League, told the Star Tribune people were calling about the incident "before the game was even over.”

He said the league, which is the governing body for all high school sports in Minnesota, will contact officials at North High School on Monday to determine the best course of action.

Minneota coach Chad Johnston told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that North coach Charles Adams and the school's administration have emailed him to apologize for the incident and let him know they will address the situation with the player.

Adams said he didn't see the play in question, and doesn't tolerate that type of behavior from his players. But he also said players on both teams were "chippy" during the game, according to the Star Tribune.

Hennen became Minneota's main running back early in the game when his older brother Garrett was injured. He rushed for 108 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Minneota won the game 35-18.

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