Saturday afternoon’s Anacostia-McKinley game was ended by referees after a fight broke out between players in the third quarter, coaches said.

After a McKinley wide receiver scored to give the Trainers and 18-0 lead with about three minutes left in the third quarter, he and an Anacostia defensive back got into a fight. It’s unclear exactly what happened between both players but the fight escalated and players from both sides got involved, according to McKinley Coach Antonio Price.

“We were trying to get as much control as possible but you have almost 50 kids and only seven coaches on our side and six on their side, you’re talking about 75 to 80-some kids on the field, along with the referees,” he said. “We tried to gain as much control of the situation as possible.”

Before the fight, Price said the game was physical, from some extra pushing after plays to hits in the back to face-mask penalties.

“It was just a couple little things throughout the game and coaches on both sides trying to explain to referees to take control before it escalated,” Price said.

Price said he wasn’t aware of any players that were injured in the fight.

Anacostia Coach Terry Dixon confirmed a fight occurred but declined to comment on the incident until after a Monday meeting with Willie Jackson, the interim athletic director of D.C. Public Schools.

Jackson said Sunday he hadn’t yet received a report on the incident.

This isn’t the first fight involving a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association team this season. On Sept. 3, Dunbar’s game against Dunbar-Baltimore was called in the fourth quarter when a fight broke out between players. Two Crimson Tide players were suspended and a league game was forfeited as a result for the team’s role in the fight.