Security beefed up for Selma game with Carver

Published 11:40 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Additional security will be on hand Friday when Selma and Carver meet.

“Coach (Woodie) Jackson and I have discussed having additional people put in place to go along with the school resource officer,” said Chief of Police William T. Riley III.

The incident occurred after the AHSAA class AAAAA area championship game between the two sides.

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After Selma gave the Carver its first loss of the season, allegedly a player for Carver went to the restaurant the Saints had stopped at and flashed a gun some of Selma’s players.

Since then, the player in question from Carver has been removed from the team.

“The chief is aware of our situation,” said Selma coach Woodie Jackson, “we will have something in place.”

Both men were adamant that they do not forsee any problems during the game, but that the plan

is for the sake of safety.

“We think we will be okay,” said Jackson. “I don’t see anything taking place, but we want to have our people under control.”

“We don’t expect any problems,” said Riley.

Alabama State in Montgomery and the AHSAA already had additional security in place at the Acadome after the fight that took place between Carver and Valley High School.

Carver and Valley met Wednesday in the first round of the regional tournament with no troubles.

With the plan in place for Friday, the Saints are looking forward to having a safe game.

If the Saints win Friday they will find themselves heading to the AHSAA Final Four at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center in Birmingham.