A Texas high school coach is being accused of bullying because his powerhouse football program ran up a score during a game.
In South Dakota, there's a cap for how many points can be scored during a game, but that's only for smaller teams. As for the teams with more players and tougher competition they play until the clock runs out regardless of the score.
Brandon Valley High School's football team earned a runner up title at the 2012 State Football Championships. They've also won three Eastern South Dakota Conference Championships but they say their talent doesn't give them an excuse to run up the score.
"I don't believe there is any benefit to running up the score to beating somebody so bad that you get to a point where people are complaining of bullying, harassment, even poor sportsmanship," Activities Director Randy Marso said.
A situation that prompted concern by parents, saying they were witnessing bullying first hand occurred in Texas. An undefeated team, that averages 70 points a game, beat their opponent 91-0. But students at Brandon Valley High School don't see it that way.
"When they have a team that is that good to beat another team 91-0, I don't think that's bullying but I think that's a testament to the program of one school versus another," Brandon Valley Senior, Ryan Rykhus said.
"There's that internal drive to do the best you can and to win and it is kind of a motivator when you're winning but I do think that our coaching staff has enough integrity that they would do what they could to prevent it from being a complete unfair situation." School Counselor Michelle Stemwedel said.
Brandon school officials say it has only happened in a few instances where the outcome of the game is determined before the clock runs out. But there's a reason why larger schools like this don't set rules on the number of points allowed in a game.
"We don't have a cap because of the all the distances and if we travel that far we believe the kids deserve to play the full 48 minutes." Marso said.