Football: Aftermath of Del-Val vs. Roxborough brawl

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 multiple forfeits.

Both schools were dealt forfeit losses for Saturday and the same for games they were scheduled to play this week. Del-Val was slated to meet Imhotep Charter in a league game Saturday, and Roxborough was scheduled to face Mastbaum in a nonleague matchup Thursday.

Del-Val also decided to dismiss Shelton Farmer as its head coach, forfeit a second upcoming game, and not participate in the playoffs. The second forfeit is for an incident that occurred in a Sept. 7 league 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 one of our players."

Cambria said there was "mostly a lot of shoving and grabbing that went on from there." Roxborough head 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.

Del-Val will sit out the next two weeks. Roxborough is scheduled to resume play Oct. 12 against nonleague foe Conwell-Egan.

"It's unacceptable what happened against Del-Val," Stanley said. "I can't let it happen again."

Instead of Del-Val, Imhotep Charter, ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, will play Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ben Johnston Memorial Stadium.

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