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Brawl brings premature end to Texas hoops crosstown rivalry game

A heated early season rivalry game between two Waco, Texas high schools devolved into a full-on brawl that brought it to an early end Tuesday night.

As reported by Waco CBS affiliate KWTX, the early season crosstown rivalry game between Waco’s Midway and University High Schools was called off with Midway leading the game by 20 points after an unnamed University player was called for a hard foul on a Midway foe, with the Midway player’s teammates retaliating. That led to both benches clearing as the teams brawled for roughly 30 seconds before the teams’ coaches intervened to separate the two sets of players.

While the crowd became animated, police officers at the scene reportedly kept fans out of the farrago, which could have wide-ranging implications for both programs. According to KWTX, the University Interscholastic League has already been notified about the brawl, and could hand down suspensions related to the incident.

For their part, Midway ISD officials said that the team’s coach and athletic director would review video of the incident and consider imposing suspensions of their own volition, while confirming that the game — a non-district contest between a Class 6A school (Midway) and 5A school (University) — was highly unlikely to be replayed, which will leave both teams with one fewer game come the end of the season when playoff berths and seedings are determined.

For now, not playing that game may be the best for everyone.