When Amite (Amite City, La.) and Bogalusa play football next fall, the stands will be empty.
That was one part of a ruling issued by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association following a sportsmanship hearing into the fight between the schools’ football teams in the state playoffs, according to multiple reports.
The Amite team was banned from the remainder of the 2015 football playoffs for its role in a postgame brawl that immediately followed its 56-20 victory against Bogalusa in late November. The brawl was instigated by Bogalusa players, according to an account from the Hammond Daily Star and the video of the incident you can see here.
Bogalusa also will have to forfeit its first game of the 2016 football season because the incident happened in Bogalusa’s last game of the 2015 season.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, the monetary penalty will be higher because the schools also need to pay for the cost of the hearings.
The referee in the game, Danny Gunn, also was reprimanded for failure to report.