Players at North Texas high school quit team in support of teammate they say was mistreated –
Members of the Mineral Wells High School football team listen as a teammate addresses the Mineral Wells ISD school board as part of their protest over what they call unfair treatment of quarterback hopeful Trent Guinn (second row, blue shirt) by head coach Gerald Perry. (Photo courtesy Mineral Wells Index)
Entering his second year, Mineral Wells High School football coach Gerald Perry has come under fire by players for his handling of the team’s quarterback competition. (Photo courtesy Mineral Wells Index)
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North Texas high school football players are standing up for a teammate by walking away from their team.
Last week, nine players at Mineral Wells High School -- which is 50 miles west of Fort Worth -- turned in their equipment and left the football program to protest head coach Gerald Perry's decision to name his son Tristan as the team's starting quarterback and move Trent Guinn, who had competed for the starting QB job, to a backup wide receiver position.
On Tuesday night, several players spoke out at the Mineral Wells ISD board meeting, saying Guinn never had a fair chance to compete for the job, the Mineral Wells Index reported.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,” said Johnny Morales, an all-district running back who left the team. “We sat down and listened. We were brushed aside as if it didn’t matter. Nothing was changed. So we took a stand.
“I, along with all eight of my brothers, who are standing against a corrupt system, have seen Trent Guinn treated unequally since Coach Perry got here. Now, Tristan Perry has no competition. It all seems a little familiar from last year. We have had enough of seeing our brother get bullied and pushed around and treated unfairly by Coach Perry.”
According to the newspaper, another player, Stefan Sandoval, said Perry “bullied, intimidated and manipulated (Guinn) to crush his spirit."
Donna Guinn, Trent Guinn's mother, said the family put their home up for sale at one point and entertained the idea of moving, but said her son didn't want to.
“He said, ‘This is where God wants me, mom. I’m not afraid of competition, and I’m not going to run,’" Donna Guinn said.
According to the newspaper, Gerald Perry declined to comment after the meeting, as did superintendent Gail Haterius.
Greg Rajan is the senior editor for Texas Sports Nation, the Houston Chronicle's sports website, and also curates the daily TXSN newsletter and writes about sports media. He joined the Chronicle in January 2015 as the online sports editor. He previously worked as the sports editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He led that sports section to three Associated Press Sports Editors top-10 national awards and his work has been honored by APSE and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. He also has worked at the Austin American-Statesman and Temple Daily Telegram.
He is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and Bowie High School in Austin.


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