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Lawyer: They are good kids who made a bad choice

School district won't divulge whether any decision were made about students' statuses

CNN hasn't been able to reach coach for comment on allegations he ordered tackle

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The hearing came a day after the players attended a disciplinary hearing. Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District, said that because Moreno and Rojas are minors, no information about the hearing would be released.

Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, said that because Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas are minors, no information about the hearing would be released.

The boys’ lawyer said they spoke at the hearing and took responsibility for what they did.

“They understand that they had a choice, they made a choice, it was the wrong choice and they’re just looking for fairness,” attorney Jesse Hernandez said, calling both of them “good kids.”

Hernandez said he presented academic and disciplinary records as evidence. Neither boy spoke to the media.

Neither boy spoke to the media.

Players: Coach told us to hit football official

Both teenagers expressed remorse last week in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I would apologize for the mistake that I made,” Rojas said when asked what he would say to game official Robert Watts if they met again.

Moreno said that he’s ready to face the consequences and calls the incident one of his biggest regrets.

“I just ask that I am greatly sorry for this, and I regret it greatly,” Moreno said. “And I just hope that people can change their minds about us.”

The teens were suspended from school for three days, Hernandez has said. They have been attending an alternative school since then. Superintendent Brian Woods of the Northside Independent School District said during Thursday’s hearing that, as a punitive measure, the teens would not be allowed to rejoin the football team.

The state’s governing body of all school extracurricular activities will hold a disciplinary hearing Thursday. The players, coaches and Watts have been invited to attend the public meeting.

Admission – with a caveat

Their intentions on the now-viral video were clear: Two Texas high school football players targeted a game official. They’ve now admitted it.

First, Victor Rojas came from behind and tackled referee Robert Watts to the ground. A second player, Michael Moreno, dived in headfirst – leading with his helmet – and hit Watts again.

Moreno and Rojas, from John Jay High School in San Antonio, were ejected from the September 4 game against host Marble Falls High. They were suspended from school. No charges have been filed, but Marble Falls, Texas, police said they are investigating.

No criminal charges have been filed, but Marble Falls police said they are investigating.

Police: Texas high school football players ‘targeted,’ ‘blindsided’ game official

Referring to assistant coach Mack Breed, Moreno said, “While on the sideline, he pulled me and another player over and he told us, and I quote, ‘You need to hit him.’ “

Moreno added that Breed said, “You need to hit the ref. He needs to pay the price.”

The other player wasn’t involved and ultimately didn’t go through with the alleged plan. Rojas said a player told him about the situation.

Breed is on paid administrative leave. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio said the allegations against Breed are still under investigation. CNN has reached out to Breed for comment but has not heard back.

The reason Watts was targeted, Moreno said, was because of unjustified calls as well as “racial slurs being thrown at players” purportedly by the referee. Rojas said he heard Watts tell one of his Hispanic friends “to speak English, this is America.” Rojas and Moreno both allege they heard Watts call an African-American teammate the n-word.

Watts has denied saying these things and is considering legal action against the players.

“We’ve heard these allegations before, blaming the victim for the crime,” Watts’ attorney, Alan Goldberger, said on September 9. “That doesn’t have any credibility, and (Watts) is not happy about being falsely accused.”

Goldberger told CNN on Friday said it was clear that Watts did not make racial slurs.

Moreno said that he’s ready to face the consequences and calls the incident one of his biggest regrets.

CNN’s Tony Marco, Lauren Leslie, Jill Martin and Julia Talanova contributed to this report