With Ole Miss off this weekend for the bye, quarterback Chad Kelly returned to Western New York to his high school alma mater to watch his younger brother play.
Casey Kelly took a late hit out of bounds, according to reports, and Chad headed on to the field. Chad Kelly, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, was restrained in an effort to get him back to the sideline.
Casey is a sophomore quarterback at St. Joseph’s Collegiate, which was playing Bishop Timon on Friday night.
Timon was leading 2-0 with 6:30 left in second quarter at the time of the hit.
Timon coach Charlie Comerford told the Buffalo News, Casey Kelly “went out of bounds on a first-down run. It’s really tight on our sidelines, and there were some guys around. … It got ugly.”
He said the blame for what happened could be assigned 50-50.
Officials from St. Joseph’s declined comment.
It does not appear Chad Kelly got all the way across the field to the other sideline before he was stopped and pushed back.
Freeze later told the Associated Press: “From the version I’ve heard, he didn’t do anything to anybody. They were pulling him back because he gets emotional. I probably would too if that were my family.”
The game was suspended after the brawl and officials had to escorted off the field by Buffalo police, according to reports.
Police also helped the St. Joe’s team to its buses to leave the stadium. No arrests were made.
Chad led St. Joseph to a state title as a junior and the state title game as a senior. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and ran for nearly 1,000 with a combined 41 touchdowns in his final high school season.
This story will be updated.