What about the Steubenville rape case? The entire town ran the girl and her family out of town in support of the football players that raped her.
It's addressed in the post. Small town high school football is a lot like college football with the attention that is paid to the players by the entire community.
Go to a big city and the football players aren't getting away with murder outside of the school itself, at least not as often. But the big college players? Different story. Doesn't matter if your college is in the middle of a major metro, you are treated like royalty by the entire community.