Indianapolis (Indy Star) -- A Friday night high school football game in Indiana turned into a brawl on the field.
The brawl erupted at the Arsenal Tech/Forth Wayne South high
school football game on the city's Eastside, pitting dozens
of players, along with some coaches and fans, against each other.
fight began about 9:45 p.m. - with about a minute left in the third
quarter - at the Tech field near East 10th and North Oriental streets.
Tech was ahead 24-6 at the time the game was stopped.
fight appeared to start when a player from one of the teams was knocked
out of bounds, one witness said. It quickly grew out of hand as players
jumped up from benches, coaches stormed the field and up to 10 or more
fans spilled out from their seats.
public announcer at the game pleaded with the fans to stay in their
seats but to no avail, an Indianapolis Public Schools police officer
told The Indianapolis Star after the fight.
"It was crazy," the officer said. "The coaches and players were all on top of each other. The fans were running out."
fight was under control within a few minutes, witnesses said. No one
was arrested or sent to the hospital, police said. Several units from
the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene
to assist with IPS police.
It wasn't immediately clear what type of punishment, if any, the district had planned.
"The incident will be reviewed by school & district officials," said IPS spokesman John T. Althardt in an email.
and cars crowded the streets after the game as police tried guiding
them out. A dance was also going on at the school, complicating efforts
to get students to leave.