SPRINGFIELD — A former Springfield High School football player and nine of his Notre Dame College teammates face felony charges in the alleged beating of two men at a party, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court records.
Hayden Davis, 19, pleaded not guilty Feb. 1 to charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and two counts of aggravated rioting in connection with the beating of two men on Nov. 20, according to South Euclid police records. Davis is a 2010 Springfield graduate.
At the party, a 20-year-old man witnessed an unidentified player tearing a pipe from the basement ceiling and asked him to leave the house, according to a report. The player and several of his teammates allegedly kicked and punched the 20-year-old and assaulted a 22-year-old man who tried to break up the fight.
Witnesses reported that they saw Davis punch the 20-year-old, who was later treated at a hospital for facial fractures and spinal injuries, according to the report.
The 20-year-old and two of the witnesses are on the college’s baseball team, according to the report. The 22-year-old is a University of Akron student.
Eight of the other players also pleaded not guilty. The 10th player continued his case because he lives out of state.
An attorney representing Davis did not return a call for comment. South Euclid police and Notre Dame College representatives also did not return calls.
The alleged victims initially declined to make a report but later filed one, according to police.