Weekend football report: D.C., privates
Monday, October 4, 2010; 2:29 PM
H.D. Woodson's 12-6 victory over Wilson last Friday was stopped with just over five minutes to play in the fourth quarter after a fight broke out between the teams and included spectators rushing down from the bleachers onto the field (video here).
After a Woodson punt went out of bounds on the Wilson sideline, a Woodson player became involved a dispute with several Wilson players, according to Toni Morgan, who was refereeing the game, which was played at Theodore Roosevelt because Wilson is being renovated this school year.
Morgan, who submitted a report after the game to the Eastern Board of Officials and DCPS Athletic Director Marcus Ellis, said coaches from both teams tried to intervene, but "coaches would get one skirmish separated, and then another would break out."
Morgan added: "It was kind of a scary situation because there were kids coming out of the stands. There was just so many people. It was out of control."
Ellis, who left the game at halftime to go to the Anacostia-Coolidge game, received a phone call after the melee broke out, and ordered the game stopped. He said Monday it is doubtful the game will be continued since it was a non-league game (and won't affect playoff seeding) and the risk for more violence was not worth finishing it.
Ellis said he expects to have DVDs of the incident from both teams by Tuesday and will make disciplinary moves later this week. According to D.C. Police, no incident report was filed.
"We're going to get any video footage we can get," Ellis said, "and identify any people we can, whether it's players, coaches or fans. I can tell you, there's going to be some suspensions."
Around the area
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Theodore Roosevelt returned three Eastern fumbles for touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over the Ramblers. Senior Derrick Manuel brought one back 28 yards for a score and also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Blair Crutchfield and O'Shane Jones eached rushed for a score.