An ongoing investigation into a brawl among players that took place after a football game last weekend in Columbia between Long Reach and Oakland Mills high schools could bring disciplinary action and spawn changes when the schools meet in other sports this winter, Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney said yesterday.
Disney said both schools are investigating the incident, which began moments after Long Reach's 21-14 overtime victory last Saturday and during which security guards had to separate players. A second incident, also under scrutiny, happened later in the parking lot.
After the investigation concludes, Disney said the schools will bring coaches and team captains from both teams together to watch video of the incident and to discuss the matter. The group will determine whether any action will be taken when the schools meet in basketball and wrestling this winter--a total of five times on the varsity level.
Disney said Howard County would consider closing the games to everyone but families and cheerleaders if safety becomes an issue.
"We would be remiss if we didn't assess potential problems during the basketball season, and we wouldn't be afraid to [clear the gym]," Disney said. "But we might take no action. All possibilities are going to be discussed."
The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week that Oakland Mills fired assistant coach Justin Payne. Disney said the schools will determine what action, if any, to take against players or coaches.
"I expect there to be further action . . . in some form," Disney said.
Last Friday, Oakland Mills (0-8, 0-7) had to forfeit its five victories this season after discovering and reporting an eligibility violation.
Back in Action
Gonzaga football coach Maus Collins will be on the sidelines Saturday when the No. 8 Eagles host Good Counsel in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game.
Collins, 68, was released from Prince George's Hospital Center in Landover on Tuesday after undergoing three days of tests. After feeling dizzy, he left at halftime during Gonzaga's 14-6 loss to No. 3 DeMatha last Saturday and was taken to the hospital.
Collins's daughter, Anne Marie, said he returned to practice yesterday and will coach Saturday.
The St. Anselm's boys soccer team will take a break from the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference tournament to host St. Benedict's of Newark, N.J., the nation's No. 1 team as ranked by USA Today, in an exhibition match today.
The game is set for 4 p.m. at the Northeast Washington private school. St. Anselm's advanced to Sunday's PVAC final by defeating Washington International, 5-1, yesterday.