IHSAA announces penalties after Friday brawl during high school football game

Fight involved players, coaches

INDIANAPOLIS - A member of the coaching staff was dismissed after the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced penalties for the fight that broke out during a high school football game last Friday night.

The fight involved players and coaches from Fort Wayne South Side High School and Arsenal Tech High School.

Administrators and coaches met at IHSAA headquarters Tuesday to announce the punishments for those involved.

IHSAA officials announced the head coaches for both teams will be suspended for one game.

The assistant coaches for each team, who were seen throwing punches in a video, will be suspended for the remainder of the season.

A spokesman for Indianapolis Public Schools confirmed to RTV6 that the Arsenal Technical assistant coach involved in the fight was later dismissed as a coach by the school.

Every player that was identified in the video throwing punches will be suspended for one game.

IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox refused to say who started the fight.

"Placing blame does not solve our issues with sportsmanship. What we need to do is figure out why these things occur as opposed to pointing the finger at an individual or group of individuals, and then educate," Cox said.

Both teams will be on probation for the remainder of the season, but they will be allowed to play in the state tournament.

Both teams will be required to complete an online course for sportsmanship by Oct. 25.

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