Johnson, Mac finish game after bomb threat; Churchill plans homecoming dance re-do

Bomb threat prompts evacuations at Saturday’s game at Comalander Stadium, homecoming dance

SAN ANTONIO - The Johnson and MacArthur High School football teams played the fourth quarter of their football game Monday night at Comalander Stadium after a bomb threat forced everyone to evacuate during Saturday evening’s scheduled game.

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“The Vice Principal came on and said we had an unexpected emergency and asked that everybody clear the stadium,” said Mona Frymire, the mother of a MacArthur football player.

At the same time, Churchill High School’s homecoming dance was underway in the gymnasium at Blossom Athletic Center and was also evacuated due to the threat.

Churchill says plans are in the works to hold the dance again, but this time some local businesses and community groups are pitching in to reduce the cost for students and parents since they already paid to attend the dance the first time around.

Churchill hopes to announce plans for the dance sometime this week.

Some fans who were at Saturday’s Johnson-MacArthur game said everyone was calm as the left the stadium and the evacuation was well organized.

The game was evacuated after the 3rd quarter, so the clock started Monday at the beginning of the 4th quarter with Johnson leading 17-3.

“I’ve been going to games for 20, about 30 years,” said Patti Rittiman, a Johnson parent, “and this is the first time this has ever happened. So, yeah, shortest game I’ve ever been to.”

Off the field, there was a heightened sense of security. A K-9 unit with police from the San Antonio International Airport was brought in to search the stadium before the game.

“It is a sad world we live in that the kids have to deal with this,” said Frymire.

In the end, Johnson came out on top, beating MacArthur 24-10. But both sides left happy to see a full four quarters finally played. 

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