Two William Blount football players detained in burglary case

William Blount High School’s football team was dealt a big blow Friday afternoon when two of its players were taken from campus by police.

Senior Zach Thomason was still being held at the Blount County Jail as of 5:30 p.m., with the Governor starting receiver/defensive back detained as part of an investigation into automobile burglaries locally. Several items reported stolen were allegedly found in Thomason’s vehicle on the William Blount campus. A second player, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, is expected to be charged in connection with the same case.

One of the two players has already been dismissed from the team, William Blount coach David Gregory said, who declined to name the player. Neither will play tonight in William Blount’s game at Knoxville Catholic.

“It’s been a rough day,” Gregory said, “a rough day.

“One of them will not be back, and I’m still awaiting a verdict on the other. It was stacked against us to begin with (tonight). This makes it a little tougher.”

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