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Football Brawl, Ejections Leads to Shortened MRH Game

The Cleveland bench emptied on top of two Maplewood Richmond Heights players.

Maplewood Richmond Heights won its first-round district game over Cleveland NJROTC by forfeit, following a fight that culminated with too many Cleveland players ejected to finish the game.

With MRH ahead 21-0 and 2:56 left to play in the first quarter, two MRH players tackled a Cleveland runner near the Cleveland bench. Immediately, nearly every Cleveland player from the bench piled on. Every one was ejected.

The game was delayed while school representatives, game officials, coaches, and Maplewood Police officers conferred on the field. It was called when it was determined that Cleveland didn’t have enough remaining players to continue.

See more game photos at Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook.

MRH coach Rich Nixon is not naming those two MRH players at the bottom because he said after the game film is reviewed he will probably appeal the ejection.

They were in a “hostile environment,” and were fighting to get out, he said.

“I thought our kids handled the situation very well,” Nixon said. “I think we had one penalty in the 10 minutes we got to play, and the field was riddled with flags.”

Before the game was called, Wes Williams scored all three MRH touchdowns.

“He was off to a blazing start,” Nixon said. “It’s unfortunate things ended the way they did. We definitely wanted to play ball.”

Kicker Will Wadsworth was 3 for 3 on extra points.

MRH plays Lutheran North (3-7) Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at MRH in the second round of district playoffs.

Mitch Aunger October 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Tip: next time you write a story with a score - please indicate which team is which... "With the score 21-0 and 2:56 left to play in the first quarter" -- who was winning 24-0? (i later figured it out - but it is critical to mention the teams in a score)
Doug Miner October 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
It's been fixed. Thanks for that, Mitch.
JT Money October 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I dont think you needed to ask who was winning. Do you think Cleveland would start a brawl, jeopardizing their game and cause a forfeit if they were up 3 TD's???
Mitch Aunger October 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I beg to differ... in the heat of the moment, anyone can get overly upset and do wild things. And it is just good practice to properly identify which teams have which score
Mr. Completely October 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I hope to god there weren't any gay gerbils involved in the melee.
Gary E Holt October 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM
What the hell does THAT mean?
Gary E Holt October 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
What is the above comment all about?
jaylia day October 29, 2012 at 01:49 PM
rite thank you i know maplewood whould have won with Wes scoring those TD's
Nicholas Frisella October 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
He is referencing the attempt to censor a book about gay marraige from the public library
HLM October 31, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Isn't the home team score always first?

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