Don’t look now, but sportsmanship among Texas football players continues to take a beating, at least in the public eye.
A week after a crosstown Texas rivalry football game was punctuated by a postgame fight between the teams in the handshake line, an almost identical event unfolded between two teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the postgame handshake line following the game between Arlington Martin and North Crowley devolved into a massive brawl. The skirmish was apparently sparked by Martin’s decision to attempt (and recover) an onside-kick following a late touchdown that padded the advantage in Martin’s eventual 51-28 victory. The onside kick came with fewer than 30 seconds remaining in the game, and after a Martin player recovered, the team handed off the ball one final time before the teams lined up to shake hands, where North Crowley’s players made it clear how they felt about the unnecessary onside kick.
Here are two different videos captured at the scene Friday that depict the farrago:
It would be stunning if further disciplinary action didn’t follow from the incident, with multiple players from both teams involved in bothy physical and vocal arguments on the field. In the meantime, it’s a clear concern that such similar incidents have unfolded in back-to-back weeks in North Texas. Let’s all hope the final weekend in October doesn’t serve to make it three-for-three.