NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – New Castle Area School District officials are awaiting the results of an independent investigation into a fight at Friday night’s football game — one that led to seven players and the head coach being ejected from the game.
The fight between the New Castle and Central Valley high school football teams on Friday night was captured on video. In the video, the visiting team can be seen entering the field and jumping on the New Castle logo at the 50-yard line. That is when New Castle’s football team rushes onto the field, and players from the two teams begin fighting.
The entire fight lasted about 30 seconds.
New Castle High Head Football Coach Joe Cowart said it was the first time in his four years as coach at the school that he has seen such a fight.
“That resulted in seven players being ejected, as well as myself, from the game,” he said.
Cowart added that he takes “full responsibility” for his player’s actions on Friday.
“I think there was some wrongdoing on our end. I also believe there was some wrongdoing on Central Valley’s end,” he said.
Sam Flora, New Castle’s athletic director, said this is the first major fight at a sporting event that he has seen in his 17 years at the district.
“More or less, it’s the most I’ve ever seen ejected in a game, and somebody from the other team who didn’t get ejected when there is a so-called skirmish,” he said.
None of Central Valley High School’s players were ejected. The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League is now investigating to determine whether further discipline is warranted.
Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Executive Director Tim O’Malley said the governing board will review the reports sent in from both schools. A result from the investigation will then be released to the schools on Tuesday morning.
“It’s something you don’t want to see, but it happened and hopefully something can come of this,” he said.
The seven players ejected from New Castle and the head coach will have to sit out this week’s homecoming game because of rules from the governing athletic body.