I agree with you that it wouldn't have too much to do if there was an initial charging document, but they always take in the circumstances of the case in the history before meeting out a punishment in a final plea, so in his situation, without serious bodily injury I doubt it would have gone too far.
Western hasn't played a super tough schedule, so maybe that's why they were considered such underdogs against a powerful Palmetto attack. But Western's O is legit and the defense is tough. The scored 43 on SD's stingy defense, scored 72+ pts twice and have 6 shutouts - all of them, running clocks. their two loses were to STA (Legit) and a tough 1 possession loss to a solid University squad (a team that clocked Columbus earlier this season).
They are a solid team, and Columbus will have to play WAAAAY better defensively - and much more disciplined - than they did last night to have a shot.