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Football: Dunbar players suspended for role in fight

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Two Dunbar players have been issued one-game suspensions for their role in a fight that ended the Crimson Tide’s season opener last week, Dunbar Athletic Director Johnnie Walker said.

“When we looked at the video tape, their behavior was not that of a student-athlete at Dunbar,” said Walker, adding that those players were the most aggressive in throwing punches.

The suspensions will be served during Saturday’s game against Southern Durham (N.C.). A third player could be suspended as well, Walker said. Walker declined to identify the players suspended, citing student confidentiality.

In addition, D.C. Public Schools interim Athletic Director Willie Jackson ruled that Dunbar must forfeit its first D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West game as a penalty for its role in the fight. The Crimson Tide will not play Bell on Oct. 7.

Dunbar’s game against Dunbar-Baltimore in the I-95 Kickoff Classic on Saturday was called with 4 minutes 33 seconds left after a fight broke out between players.

After the Crimson Tide scored and ran in a two-point conversion, they attempted an onside kick down 22-8. After the attempt failed, a Crimson Tide player hit an opposing player and he pushed back, according to Dunbar Coach Ashaa Cherry. More players then joined in with pushing, shoving and thrown punches.

Game officials decided not to resume play after order was restored, which resulted in a 22-8 loss for the Crimson Tide.

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