Two Teens Arrested for Burning Rival’s Football Field

  • Justin "Arby" Arbogast
Davis WR Abel Porter hauls in a catch on Davis' new turf in 2012 (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Davis WR Abel Porter hauls in a catch on Davis’ new turf in 2012 (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

You’ve got to be kidding me.

High School Sports pranks are fun, and admittedly even better in a Rivalry situation – but there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed, and two Utah teenagers have found that out the hard way.

Two teenagers from Layton High School in Davis County were arrested this week for allegedly setting the football field of Davis High on fire on Saturday night. Investigators say the students snuck onto the field Saturday night with a container of gasoline and torched the field.

Davis high had just completed the field before last school year – a tab that ran Two Million Dollars for the artificial turf. The damage is estimated to be between $10,000-15,000 to repair and the school will be seeking restitution from the teens who “thought it’d be something fun to do.”

Here’s more from the Deseret News:

The students, both 16, were arrested Monday for investigation of arson and criminal trespassing, said Kaysville Police Sgt. Shawn McKinnon. They were booked into the Farmington Bay Juvenile Detention Facility.

Investigators say the boys went to Davis High School about 8:30 p.m. Saturday with a container of gasoline, poured it on the north end of the football field and burned an 8-foot by 6-foot area. A nearby resident saw the fire and called 911.

Damage to the field was estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000, McKinnon said. Davis spent $2 million to install a new field within the past two years, he said.

The teens were caught after people who apparently knew about the incident started talking about it.

One lead came from a message posted on Twitter, McKinnon said. Rumors also began spreading throughout the hallways of Layton High School. That’s when the principal and school resource officer contacted officials at Davis High, McKinnon said.

After conducting interviews, investigators narrowed their search down to the two boys who were subsequently arrested, McKinnon said. The boys really didn’t have a reason for torching the field, other than “they thought it was something fun to do,” he said. There did not appear to be any type of school rivalry motive involved.

Talk about a heated rivalry.

The report says that there wasn’t any rivalry motive involved, but these two schools go back several years as rivals in the area. This certain crime might have not been rivalry-fueled, which makes it even worse.

Word of advice, if you’re going to torch something, don’t post it on Twitter – the internet is always the best witness.


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