WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Friday night lights turned into a Friday night fight.
On Friday, October 13, the Watertown High School varsity football team faced Fowler High School at Watertown’s turf field.
However, halfway through a brawl began on the field. This involved several players from both Watertown and Fowler. Officials and coaches from both teams then decided to call off the game.
Police were also present on the scene.
Following the incident, Watertown Superintendent Dr. Larry Schmiegal addressed the incident in a message to media outlets on Monday, October 16.
Watertown is “actively addressing the situation and has been in contact with Section III for a comprehensive review,” Dr. Schmiegal said in the message. He said this will include game footage examination and statements from both coaches.
He added that no final decision had been reached. However, he said the District is “committed to thoroughly reviewing the matter and making a fair and informed decision that aligns with the best interests of all parties involved.”
Dr. Schmiegal apologized for the incident in a message to students, parents and spectators.
We would like to extend our sincere apologies to our dedicated student-athletes and loyal spectators who were present during the game. We understand that this incident may have been disheartening and concerning for them. Please convey our regret for any disruption this may have caused.Dr. Larry Schmiegal, Superintendent, Watertown City School District
Syracuse City School District Superintendent Anthony Davis also addressed the incident in a statement released to ABC50.
We are aware of the incident that took place during the game against Watertown this past weekend. Our coaches and athletic director, along with their counterparts in Watertown, are in the process of investigating what took place. That includes reviewing the game film and speaking with players about the incident. We are also working with Section 3 officials to determine next steps and will provide more information as it becomes available.
Any players involved in this incident who violated the District’s Code of Conduct, Character, and Support will be disciplined accordingly.
We do not condone this type of behavior and we expect our student athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship by showing respect for each other and their competitors.Anthony Davis, Superintendent, Syracuse City School District.
An investigation into this incident remains in the preliminary stages.