FCHS defensive coordinator on administrative leave

Kevin Boozer and Lucas Vance Staff Writers

December 10, 2013

Kevin Boozer and Lucas Vance

Staff Writers

WINNSBORO — The defensive coordinator for the Fairfield Central High School Griffins is on administrative leave after being arrested over the weekend on a marijuana possession charge.

David Toney, 36, was released from jail Saturday morning after posting a $620 personal recognizance bond following his arrest at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

J.R. Green, superintendent of Fairfield County Schools, said Monday afternoon that he would make a recommendation to the school board once he receives the official report from the S.C. Highway Patrol, reviews it, consults with legal counsel and gives Toney an opportunity to give his account of the incident.

“This is a very severe situation,” Green said. “We will look at it as best as we can and determine the right thing to do.”

Toney was stopped initially for speeding by the S.C. Highway Patrol at S.C. 34 and I-77 just hours before the Griffins state championship game Friday night and was given a warning.

The Herald Independent received a copy of the incident report after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

According to the incident report, the trooper detected a marijuana odor coming from the inside of the vehicle. The second time the trooper asked Toney if he had marijuana in the vehicle, Toney handed him a clear plastic bag containing 7.9 grams of marijuana, according to the report.

The report also stated that a marijuana cigarette was removed from a cup in the center console and numerous burnt marijuana cigarettes were inside that cup.

Toney was charged with simple possession of marijuana and taken to The Fairfield County Detention Center. The arrest meant FCHS played Dillon for the Division 1 AA state championship without its defensive coordinator, a game the Griffins lost 41-3.

“He (Toney) was not here and I don’t know how much that affected us tonight,” FCHS Head Coach Demetrius Davis said. “We had some coaches that are capable of running a defense (in his absence) and I thought they did a decent job.”

Davis said a few coaches normally drive their personal vehicles to away FCHS ball games because they have extra equipment. Otherwise Davis said did not know a lot about the situation as of Friday night.

“We have a total of 15 coaches and at least two will ride the team bus,” he said.

Terrell Roach, director of athletics for Fairfield High School, said the situation was disappointing and that the missing energy Toney brings to the sideline likely impacted his players.

He added that the coaching staff as a whole regrouped and did an admirable job. On Friday, Roach said he had not yet learned the facts about what had happened but that it was unfortunate.

Roach said Toney’s absence had an impact on the team.

“I think it took the air out of us a bit,” Roach said. “You could see the lackadaisical movements of our players and he (Toney) is really energetic when he is here. I think the kids did miss him.”

In addition to his defensive coordinator duties, Toney has taught pre-algebra to seventh-grade and eighth-grade students at Fairfield Middle School this fall. He was chosen as teacher of the year for FMS in 2012.