Assault case dismissed against Centennial High School assistant football coach

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped an assault charge against an assistant football coach originally filed by the parent of an opposing football player.

Centennial football assistant coach Matt Winger faced possible prosecution after Shane Snyder, the father of Mt. Hebron quarterback Jake Snyder, filed charges following an altercation between Centennial and Mt. Hebron High School football teams on Sept. 21.

Winger was charged with second degree assault after allegedly inserting himself in between a fight that broke out between both teams before the end of the first quarter.

Shane Snyder alleged the coach "violently pushed" his son to the ground causing a "severe fracture," according to an application for statement of charges.

"I would like to thank the Office of the State's Attorney for its thorough investigation and obviously for the conclusion that Mr. Winger did not commit a crime," said Winger's attorney Michael DeHaven in a statement.

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