Parent's arrest ends Decatur football game

Decatur High School's football game ended early Friday night after a parent rushed onto the field to defend his son, officials said.

Parent Dean Rodney was arrested for disorderly conduct after entering the field of play with 8:52 left on the clock. Rodney told Decatur police he "acted spontaneously" after seeing his son shoved by a larger Twiggs County player after a play ended, according to a police report.

With Decatur winning 48-0, the teams' coaches agreed to end the game early, said Decatur City Schools Athletic Director Carter Wilson.

Rodney's son was ejected from the game for his actions after the play and will be suspended for one game, said Wilson. It was the first suspension for the 3-5 team this year, said Wilson.

Wilson said he could not recall a game ending early because of a fan's actions.

"It's definitely unusual," said Wilson. "Nothing on the field seems any different, but there's a lot more going on with fans and people in the stands."

Three Twiggs players were ejected during the game and will also miss at least one game per Georgia High School Association rules.

Decatur rarely plays Twiggs County, located east of Macon along I-16.