Double Forfeit Issued Following Buffalo HS Football Brawl
The Monsignor Martin Athletic Association issued its ruling yesterday following last Friday night's on-field brawl during the high school football game between Timon/St. Jude and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute - a double forfeit. It means both teams will show a loss in league play which will affect their seeding in the playoffs.
Friday night's game was suspended by game officials after players and coaches from both teams were involved in a bench-clearing brawl after St. Joe's quarterback Casey Kelly slipped when he stepped out of bounds midway thru the second quarter and was immediately surrounded by Timon/St. Jude players. Apparently feeling their quarterback was in danger St. Joe's players flooded the field and by the time order was restored game officials felt it would be inappropriate to restart the game.
Although the league didn't mention names, Wednesday's ruling also included suspensions; one from St. Joe's and four from Timon/St. Jude. It means they'll not be able to participate in this weekend's games when St. Joe's plays Canisius and Timon/St. Jude travels to Rochester to play Aquinas.
The brawl made national headlines because current Ole Miss and former St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, the brother of Casey Kelly, entered the field and had to be restrained. Chad Kelly apologized for his actions to his coach at Ole Miss and was reminded that he has to remember to show better judgement.