Maryland Schools Suspend Football Seasons Following Fight

September 20, 2022 / Athletic AdministrationCoachingFootball
Two Maryland high schools have temporarily suspended their season following an on-field fight involving coaches, players, and spectators over the weekend.

According to a report from WUSA-9, a fight broke out during a September 16th game between Northwest High School and the host Gaithersburg High School. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has suspended all football operations for both teams until an investigation is concluded.

marylandAnother report from WTOP stated that the fight carried over from the field and into the school parking lot. “According to the Gaithersburg Police Department, as officers attempted to address the situation on the field, other ‘physical altercations began to break out’ throughout the property including the parking lot,” according to the WTOP report.

Below is an excerpt from the WUSA-9 report.

Montgomery County Department of Police responded to the school to assist the Gaithersburg Police Department with helping to control the fight.

Police were able to disperse the crowd, and one person was found with a knife. The unidentified person was arrested.

MCPS said in a press release the district “strongly condemns the abhorrent and unacceptable behavior that occurred at the football game last night.”

The district is working to develop and implement enhanced measures for safety at an athletic event and will communicate to the community in the coming days.

Disciplinary actions would be pursued against any individual who participated in the large altercation as the district is working to bring communities together around the importance of upholding safe and respectful environments.

Northwest High School won against Gaithersburg with a 14-0 score. The scoreboard showed one minute and 15 seconds left on the school in the third quarter after the game ended following the fight.

To read the full story from WUSA-9 about the Maryland football teams’ skirmish, click here.