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Arlington Martin-North Crowley brawl sparks investigation

Fight breaks out on field between Arlington Martin-North Crowley

The brawl began Friday night just as players were lined up to shake hands. North Crowley is in the dark jerseys and Arlington Martin is in the light jerseys.
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The brawl began Friday night just as players were lined up to shake hands. North Crowley is in the dark jerseys and Arlington Martin is in the light jerseys.

A Texas high school football game on Friday night turned ugly as Arlington Martin and North Crowley players engaged in a postgame brawl at Panther Stadium on the North Crowley campus.

The fight began, as the teams were lined up to shake hands, when some players shoved one another and punches were thrown.

Martin won the District 4-6A game 51-28, but recovered an onside kick with 22 seconds remaining and then ran a final play from the line of scrimmage.

Video, which has since gone viral on social media, shows the fight breaking out. The video also shows an unidentified North Crowley player down on the turf on the Martin sideline getting kicked and stomped by several Martin players.

“This will be handled internally by Arlington and Crowley ISD administration and at the UIL district of executive committee level,” Arlington ISD athletic director Kevin Ozee said Monday in a text message. “Both athletic directors and principals have talked and investigations have started.”

A District 4-6A executive committee meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Arlington school district’s Administration Building, Ozee added.

District 4-6A also includes Mansfield High School and Fort Worth Paschal.

North Crowley athletic coordinator Tommy Brakel said school district officials are gathering videos and conducting their own investigation as well.

A number of police officers cleared the field and spoke to several people, but no known arrests or charges were made at the time, according to reports.

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