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Felony Charges Considered in Football Fight Involving Helmet

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Intelligencer Journal/New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
September 10, 2013 Tuesday
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Charges May Be Filed In Wake Of Football Fight
Sports Staff
Lancaster, PA

South Annville Township police are looking into filing charges stemming from an on-field fight during Friday night's football game between Annville-Cleona and Hamburg, according to a report Monday night.

A fumble midway through the third quarter of Hamburg's 25-22 win turned into a full-blown scuffle. Video of the game clearly shows Hamburg's Joey Cominsky tearing the helmet from the head of A-C lineman Josh Hartman, then hitting Hartman with the helmet twice.

The Little Dutchmen's Taylor Prentice then got into it with Cominsky. The two reportedly traded punches, and both were ejected.

According to PIAA rules, both must serve a one-game suspension, and the individual schools may impose more punishment. A District Three hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday, WGAL reported.

Meanwhile, police are considering filing charges that could range from a misdemeanor to a felony.

"We are looking at one person particularly at this time," South Annville Township police Chief Ben Sutcliffe told the TV station. "However, upon more information there might be more involved."

A-C coach Terry Lehman said he thought had the play been blown dead a bit sooner, nothing would have happened. He added that he'd not seen anything like it before, and he was happy that nothing more serious came out of the situation.

September 10, 2013

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