A bench-clearing brawl that stopped last Saturday’s Public League Class AA football contest between Del-Val Charter and host Roxborough has resulted in consequences for both sides.
It is expected, per National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), that both teams will be dealt a forfeit loss for the game.
Public League football moderator Ken Geiser said Tuesday afternoon he was awaiting word regarding the game's official result.
Del-Val also dismissed Shelton Farmer as its head coach, forfeited two scheduled upcoming games, and decided that the team will not participate in the playoffs. The second forfeit is for an incident that occurred in a Sept. 7 loss to Prep Charter.
"We felt, because of the two incidents, we needed to send a strong message to our student-athletes that this behavior is not going to be tolerated," Del-Val athletic director Will Cambria said.
Cambria, who was at the shortened game against Roxborough, said Del-Val will announce a new head coach at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the school.
Saturday, with Del-Val ahead by 12-7 midway through the second quarter, both benches emptied following an on-field scuffle between one of Roxborough’s skill-position players and a Del-Val defensive back.
"It kind of got heated, and penalty flags went up," Cambria said. "From there, I think because of the proximity of the play to the Roxborough sideline, I think our players ran across the field to protect our players."
Cambria said there was "mostly a lot of shoving and grabbing that went on from there." Roxborough coach Mike Stanley agreed. "There were a lot of players shoving each other," he said.
"It was a mutual thing," Stanley added. "Two kids got into a confrontation. When that happened, both benches emptied."
According to Cambria, the incident against Prep Charter involved several Del-Val players "leaving the sideline" to confront opposing spectators . "But the guys never reached the stands," he said.
Cambria said five Del-Val players received single-game suspensions for their roles in the incident.
Since it is also forfeiting two upcoming leagues games, Saturday against Imhotep Charter and Oct. 10 versus High School of the Future, Del-Val Charter is next scheduled to play Oct. 18 at Olney.
Roxborough has also forfeited Thursday’s nonleague contest against Mastbaum. "It’s unacceptable what happened against Del-Val," Stanley said. "I can’t let it happen again."