Two Tennessee high school football teams are hoping to reverse a TSSAA decision which hit them with a two-year postseason ban.

When the handshake line after the game between Antioch and John Overton high schools broke out into a brawl last October, both schools were swiftly punished according to Nashville television station WZTV. The fight, which involved both thrown punches and thrown helmets, earned both schools $2,000 fines in addition to the playoff bans.

Each school appealed the ban in January, and now are coming together as part of a course focused on handling adversity in a healthy way.

“The fact that now, the kids are sitting together and sharing a common interest, hopefully this rivalry will stay healthy, and that’s our whole motive,” said Kevin Aigbe, the assistant principal at John Overton.

The programs are hoping that their off-field reconciliation efforts will be enough to convince the TSSAA to lift the ban.

WZTV reports that the TSSAA will hold the appeal hearing in June.

Jason Scott is Online Managing Editor of Athletic Business.