Peoria, Illinois (8-27-22) — The football game last night between Peoria High and Metamora Township was stopped after a fight in the home grandstands broke out and ‘possible’ shots fired were detected at Peoria Stadium.

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Metamora administration statement:

Peoria was leading 34-16 with 8:05 remaining in the second quarter. That is when the fight started and that was followed by multiple loud, popping sounds were heard. Metamora coach Jared Grebner pulled his team off the field. Peoria High players remained on the field, then exited to the locker room soon after.

But the noises were later attributed to a resource officer who struck the bleachers with a baton in an attempt to break up the fight.

A large number of police were in the area of the stadium Friday night, with at least eight police cars arriving minutes after the incident was reported.

The game was postponed and was scheduled to start this morning, but Metamora officials decided to forfeit the game instead. The game was the first game of the season for both teams.