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Woman, son arrested after brawl at Castleberry football game

A 33-year-old woman and her son were taken into custody Friday night after an on-field brawl erupted at the Castleberry-Decatur football game, police and school officials reported.

Fighting between the teams broke out during the third quarter of the game at W.O. Barnes Memorial Stadium in River Oaks.

Two Decatur and three Castleberry players were ejected from the game, Castleberry Superintendent Gary Jones said. Decatur won, 55-28.

"It's an embarrassing situation for everyone involved," Jones said. "Our students and players are usually well-behaved. I have never had an incident like this in my 10 years here.

"It has been handled and dealt with appropriately."

No coaches or administrators were involved in the fighting, Jones said.

Because it was the season's final game for both schools, any nonsenior player who was thrown out will be suspended for the first game next season, according to University Interscholastic League rules.

"From my understanding, the athletic director and football coaches are meeting with the families to discuss the incident," Jones said.

River Oaks Police Chief Dan Chisholm said the woman, identified as Yolanda Alvarez, was arrested and faces Class C misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disregarding a police officer. Alvarez and a son had an altercation with Decatur fans while leaving the stadium.

Her son, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was accused of punching an officer in the face, Chisholm said.

Jones addressed a rumor that police used a Taser on someone.

"That didn't happen," he said. "I talked with a police officer and, if one of them takes out a Taser, it starts cackling. That's probably how the rumor got started."

The trouble started as pushing and shoving between players at the beginning of the game, Decatur school superintendent Rod Townsend said on Wednesday.

"You could feel the tension there," he said.

There were an estimated seven to eight River Oaks police officers in attendance, in addition to two River Oaks reserve officers and two Castleberry campus police officers, Chisholm said.

Castleberry coach Nick Junior declined to comment.

Staff writer Chance Welch contributed to this report.

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