This is the epicenter of fans behaving badly, though they may have been taking a cue from the field.
During a season opener between Cleveland schools Garfield Heights and Collinwood, a nasty benches clearing brawl broke out during the third quarter. While the fight on the field was eventually broken up, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a number of additional fights broke out in the stands both before and following the on-field fracas, forcing police to intervene and, eventually, for the game to be cancelled.
Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW reported that three people were arrested in connection with the fights, while three others, including one football player, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
There has been no official word about the final status of the game, though it is unlikely the team will finish the contest. It’s possible that it could be halted and ruled a no-contest or a double forfeit; it’s unlikely that the score at the time of the brawl would be used to generate a winner and loser.
That’s fitting, because there clearly were no winners emerging from the enormous brawl.
“I’m just so disappointed,” Garfield Heights coach Chuck Reisland told Northeast Ohio Media Group.