The Seattle Times is reporting that the Ballard and Garfield football teams got in a brawl last Friday night at Ballard's homecoming game. The Beavers were up 26-0 with five minutes left and going for a two-point conversion. It failed and, to the Ballard coach, it looked like his quarterback took a late hit but there was no penalty. A Ballard player pulled the Garfield player off the quarterback and the Garfield player threw a punch.
Game on and the benches cleared. It all got settled down with no one hurt. The officials did eject 8 players from the game ( 3 from Ballard and 5 from Garfield) and they will all be ineligible to play this week.
This is the second incident this season for Garfield. Their coach had been suspended after the first incident and an interim coach was in charge at this game. Last year, two of their coaches had to resign after playing ineligible players.
I would suggest that the principal at Garfield and the district athletic director get this situation under control. Garfield does not seem to be promoting a good playing attitude. For any player, being on a team carries the responsibility to behave with respect for the other team and to honor your own team. Any player who can't do that should be let go.
To note, BOTH teams got involved here. But here's what the Ballard coach, Joey Thomas, had to say:
"It's a sad day in Beaver nation," said Thomas, a 1999 Kennedy High School graduate who went on to earn All-America honors at Montana State and enjoy a five-year professional career. "We'd like to show more class and more integrity than that. But we'll use it as a teaching moment."
Here's what David Myers, Garfield's interim coach, had to say:
"We really don't have anything to say about it," Myers said.
That's a big difference. I wonder what Coach Taylor would say.