Posted: 2:55 pm Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Former Benjamin football player Sam Faria gets second chance at Dwyer 

By Matt Porter

EDITOR’S NOTE: The charges against former Benjamin School student-athlete Sam Faria were reduced from felony battery and adjudication was withheld after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in June 2010. Faria was sentenced to community service for the charges related to a 2009 incident with an assistant football coach.

One name that jumped out during a recent scan of Dwyer’s roster: Sam Faria.

Faria, a former Benjamin football player who was arrested and tried for allegedly assaulting a volunteer assistant coach while at the school, transferred to Dwyer before the year began.

Since mid-September, Faria, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, has worked with the linebackers at Dwyer practices. He played as a backup in the second half of the Atlantic game Oct. 1, and Thursday’s game against Park Vista.

Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said Faria deserves — and has received — a second chance.

“He’s been at our school ever since everything that’s happened,” Daniels said. “He wanted to come out for football, and I went to our principal and said ‘What’s the deal?’”

“He said, ‘This is a school. It’s a new beginning for him, and we’re going to give him a second chance.’

“We’re here to help the kid, and not judge him by what happened in the past.’”

Benjamin coach Ron Ream resigned because of an incident with Faria. Ream put his hands on Faria, then 17, to discipline him during a Sept. 30, 2009 practice. Ream returned to the sidelines a week later, after an outpouring of support from the community.

During an Oct. 9, 2009 game, Faria allegedly punched Benjamin volunteer assistant coach Thomas Flynn, 52, in the face, breaking his nose.

After several delays, Faria’s trial was set to start May 24, but no details were available on the outcome.

Faria’s case was closed in July, the State Attorney’s Office said.

Daniels said before Faria suited up for Dwyer, the school called Benjamin’s athletic department as a courtesy. Benjamin would not comment on the situation, Daniels said.