More brawls erupt at NJ high school Thanksgiving football games
A brawl erupted during the Thanksgiving Day game between Hackensack and Teaneck high schools after someone from the Hackensack side tried to plant a flag on the midfield, according to a video posted online.
A fight also erupted at the game between Carteret and Perth Amboy.
The fights were just the latest disturbances involving high school football in New Jersey this season.
At least two high schools, meanwhile, never had their Thanksgiving game. Asbury Park called off its match against Neptune Township after a "credible" threat, which officials have not described publicly. A day after the announcement on Wednesday, a 27-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle in the city.
Hackensack vs. Teaneck
NJ.com reports that the fight on the Teaneck field involved players, fans and coaching staff.
"That's the unfortunate part of this rivalry. It's not a good thing for either team. We have to do better. ... I hate it," Hackensack coach Benjie Wimberly, who is also a Democratic assemblyman from Bergen County, was quoted as saying.
Carteret vs. Perth Amboy
The fight between players of both teams started on the sidelines at Perth Amboy before spilling into the middle of the field, NJ.com reported. The neighboring communities have had a football rivalry since 1927.
St. Joseph vs. Pope John
A fight last week ended a game between Montvale's St. Joseph Regional High School and Sparta's Pope John
The Brick school district suspended 10 students in September after a fight broke out between fans of the township's rival crosstown schools.
“We all live in the same town and really we should all be on the same side,” one parent told New Jersey 101.5 at the time. “A fun little friendly rivalry is all well and good, but no one needs to bring violence into it.”
Penn State rescinded a scholarship offer to a Paramus Catholic student involved in an October fight with three other players and an assistant coach during a practice. One of the players was hospitalized with a concussion.
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