(10–19-19) Last night was a violent night at two Ohio high school football games, the night included fights, an official rushed by ambulance to a local hospital and a shooting.
In Columbus last night during a City League South game between Walnut Ridge and Marion-Franklin several fights broke out during the game, forcing the game to be stopped.
According to a Columbus Dispatch story, midway through the third quarter after a Marion-Franklin pass completion, the receiver was tackled out of bounds, that is when the first incident took place. This play would result in a personal foul and three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties being called. No players or coaches were ejected.
Walnut Ridge coach Byron Mattox
“That’s where the problems started. Nothing was done then and things only got worse.”
With 45 seconds left in the third quarter, the same Marion-Franklin receiver from the first incident caught a short pass and was tackled again on his sideline and that is when both benches cleared.
This time an official was injured, Line judge Mike Kreemer was knocked down and taken by ambulance to Grant Hospital with head and neck injuries.
The game was immediately called by officials and Walnut Ridge was declared the 33-6 winner.
Mattox said –
“I can’t say too much about what happened, but Marion-Franklin just didn’t control their sideline and this sort of thing happened. I just hope the official is OK. This is just a terrible finish to a game. I’ve never seen anything happen like this.”
Meanwhile in Toledo reports of gunshots ended the Toledo Woodward-Toledo Rogers game with play being suspended early in the fourth quarter, with the game tied, 6-6.
Patty Mazur, Senior Director of Communications for TPS:
“Tonight’s football game at Woodward High School was interrupted after gunshots were heard in the vicinity of the stadium. As a precautionary measure, all spectators and student athletes were moved from the stadium into the school. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the fans as they were asked to remain in the school while the area was secured. Toledo Police and the TPS Department of Public Safety are currently investigating the incident.”
Toledo Police Department’s Shot Spotter devices detected that gunfire happened near east Central Avenue as well as evidence of shots being fired on school grounds.
No statement from the OHSAA on any of the above incidents, the Toledo Public Schools will be meeting with administrators of both schools to discuss the shootings.