Patterson, Northern placed on probation for football fight

November 09, 1990|By Kevin Eck

Patterson and Northern were put on probation yesterday for one year as a result of the fight between the schools' football players after their game Friday, Maryland Scholastic Association president Vince Bagli said.

Bagli, representing the MSA executive board that met yesterday, said that neither school would be prohibited from competing in any sport while on probation, but that if any similar incidents involving either school arise in the one-year period, further action would be taken.

"We figured this was the best way to handle this," Bagli said. "It was a very embarrassing situation for everyone involved."

The game, which Patterson won, 55-16, was stopped by officials with 1 minute, 50 seconds remaining because of an increasing number of personal fouls. The fight broke out when the two teams lined up to shake hands.

Bagli also said that he has written to Northern principal Doug Norris and Patterson principal Frank Thomas, suggesting that school officials attend the games to provide a visible reminder to players that they should behave properly.

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