HS Players, Coach Punished After Post-Game Brawl

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Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)


A fight broke out Friday night between the Freeman and Hermitage football teams following Freeman's 37-0 victory.

Multiple football players at Hermitage and Douglas Freeman will be disciplined for their role in a fight between the teams following their game Friday night, Henrico County Public Schools spokesman Andy Jenks said.

The school division declined to identify the players involved or explain the extent of the punishments.

One coach will not participate in this week's game, Jenks said. His school was not identified.

Freeman is scheduled to visit Mills Godwin on Friday, and Hermitage will host Manchester. While Freeman likely still has a playoff game ahead, Hermitage's season will end Friday.

No punishment will come from the Virginia High School League, spokesman Mike McCall said. Because the fight occurred after the game, VHSL rules no longer apply.

"It is strictly a school issue since the fight took place on school property, and all participants are subject to school policy/discipline," McCall said.

The incident took place while the players were shaking hands after Freeman's 37-0 victory. One altercation occurred, then several more, according to a letter that was sent by the principals of the schools to their communities. It took several minutes to separate the two sides.

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