Last Friday rivals McClatchy High School and Kennedy High School's football game ended with both teams fighting. The brawl last about five minutes before coaches and referees could break up the fighting.
With five minutes left in the game McClatchy was leading 14-0.
Nick Modar, McClatchy quarterback went on a run when he was hit by at least three players from Kennedy reports sacbee.com
. Modar was lifted up horizontally and carried for several seconds. When he broke free the fighting began.
The police who were already at the game also stepped in to stop the fight.
Henry Lusk Kennedy's head coach asked officials for the game to be terminated.
Lusk told officials, "My boys don't deserve to finish this game." reports news10.net
The game was being played at Kennedy.
reports Lusk said on Saturday, "I'm still in shock. I've never seen anything like this in my 10 years of coaching. I'm so totally embarrassed."
Malcolm Floyd, McClatchy's coach said, "It was unfortunate and disappointing. The emotions got the best of both of us."
After administrators from both schools reviewed the News 10 video of the brawl it was decided harsh punishments were needed.
Kennedy players received the harshest punishment.
Eight of their players were kicked off the team.
reports Chad Sweitzer, Kennedy High School principal said, "For many of our students, athletics is the highlight of their day, so not having athletics is a good punishment."
Because most of the players from McClatchy did not get into the brawl their punishment is not as severe.
One player from McClatchy is off the team and he could be suspended from school. One other player has been suspended and could be benched for several games.
Peter Lambert, McClatchy High School principal said, "We want to send a message that we have an expectation of sportsmanship from all of our players. Even if one makes a poor decision, the entire team does suffer."
Malcom Floyd the head coach from McClatchy said, "I was disappointed in the way some of us acted, but I do have to give it up to the kids who did maintain their composure."
Both teams will forfeit their next game.
In lieu of their Friday night games both teams will work together in a community service event yet to be determined.