High School Football

District decides against further punishment for football brawl

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 District 4-6A executive committee decided against further punishment for players from Arlington Martin and North Crowley who were involved in a brawl after their football game last Friday night at North Crowley.

The committee voted 6-0 that the school-level punishment was sufficient. Martin and North Crowley representatives abstained.

Video accounts show players shoving, pushing and kicking following a postgame handshake as teams crossed the field.

The committee members discussed the incident in a closed-door session because of state privacy laws regarding students.

“The motion and second on the floor is to uphold and agree with the consequences that have been administered at the campus level by the high school principals involving the incident from Friday night,” Arlington athletic director Kevin Ozee said.

Martin coach Bob Wager and North Crowley coach Eugene Rogers attended the meeting, but both left without comment.

Crowley and Arlington ISD officials released a joint statement that said a thorough investigation was conducted and appropriate disciplinary action was taken.

“While we are disappointed this event has occurred, we are confident that both schools and school districts have taken appropriate actions to ensure it does not happen in the future,” the statement read.

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