Winona Independent School District released a statement Wednesday in response to an apparent misunderstanding during the National Anthem at its Friday football game. The district said the team was unable to make it to the field on time.
"Unfortunately due to confusion between the officials and announcer the National Anthem was played before both teams were able to make it to the sidelines before last night's game vs Sabine. There was absolutely no alternative motive for our players and coaches not be present, we were in route to the stadium from the locker room. When we heard the Anthem, we stopped and paid our respects to our country. We apologize to anyone when might have been offended by this and we will work diligently with the game officials and the announcer to insure that this does not happen in the future. We want to thank everyone for supporting our program and hope to see you at our next game for Homecoming vs Como Pickton on October 13th."