For Jim Rogan, it was like the worst horror story imaginable of gonzo parents ruining what was supposed to be a fun activity for kids.
Only it was real and happened in front of his eyes as a father, who was also an assistant coach, ran out on a football field and reportedly attacked two 9-year-old players from the opposing team, after his son was blocked hard, but cleanly.
"And he didn't even go after the right kids, they had nothing to do with the play," Rogan said of Sunday's youth football game that resulted in misdemeanor assault charges being filed against Michael Campbell, 26, of Depew.
"I still can't believe it happened," said Rogan. "I feel sorry for everyone involved. You should have seen the look on the kids' faces.
"I've been coaching for seven years, and I've never seen anything like this. It really was an isolated incident. I don't want it to reflect on (the other opposing coaches and players). They were embarrassed."
Rogan coaches the Black Rock-Riverside Raiders, who were trailing the Airlane Warriors, 13-12, with 27 seconds left Sunday, but were threatening and had the ball on the Warriors' four-yard line.
The game was suspended at that point after Campbell allegedly rushed onto the field in Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga and knocked down two of the Raiders after his son was blocked hard when he didn't see the other player coming.
One of the Warriors reportedly suffered a concussion when he allegedly was pushed hard to the ground by Campbell. Rogan said the boy weighs about 75 pounds, or almost 200 pounds less than Campbell. The other boy was not injured, Rogan said.
The father of the injured boy declined to comment Tuesday. The parents of the other boy could not be reached to comment.
Up to that point, Rogan said, no ugly incidents had occurred.
"It was a beautiful game," Rogan said. "There hadn't been any problems. The officials had no idea of what was going to happen. I left sorry for them."
Rogan, who has two sons who play youth football, said he's gotten upset too.
"But you have to have more control over your emotions," he said. "I still can't believe it happened."