SÜDFELD, Mich (FOX 2) – High school football season is back, and while we expect fights between the lines, people in the stands are expected to stay away from the action. But one of the first football games of the year was abruptly canceled due to fan misconduct.
A bizarre ending to one of the first high school football games of the season. It happened here at Blue Devil Stadium but had nothing to do with the players. The competition ended early Thursday night due to off-field fighting.
Detroit’s Cass Tech and Southfield A&T played Thursday at Blue Devil Stadium at Lawrence Tech in one of the first high school games of the season. The game lasted about a quarter and a half before it had to be abandoned.
Referees called the game in the second quarter after several dangerous incidents with fans in the stadium.
Sam “Stick” Day was at the game for Woodward Sports and worked with Prep Gameday, who broadcast the action live, and said that this should never happen at a high school game.
“That’s something we discussed last night. Not only do you deprive the parents of taking care of their children, you also deprive those children of playing the game. It could be Boy Scouts in the stands, and you’re robbing these kids of their scholarships,” he said. “Then we got feedback from our reporter Lexi, our reporter on the side. She told us there were too many people there. The people jumped over the fence.
Not long after, officers and policemen arrived and ordered everyone to leave.
The Southfield Police Chief told FOX 2 that there was some fighting and that officers arrested two children and later turned them over to their parents. Police said they did not see any guns.
After the game, former Michigan defenseman and Cass Tech standout Terry Richardson II tweeted that he had seen parents anger opposing players and fans blowing marijuana smoke in the faces of children and adults. Richardson said the Detroit community needs to do better.
With less than six minutes remaining, chaos began in the second quarter. The action ended after Southfield A&T scored a touchdown and had a chance to equalize with a two-point conversion attempt.
Moments later, the coaches of both teams met the referees and another official for a phone call. The coaches’ body language showed some disappointment when the game was abandoned.
Day says there was a brief glimmer of hope the game would go ahead, but only if the fans left.
“What was really crazy was they told everyone in the stands if you leave we can continue the game but half of the spectators didn’t want to leave so they had to stop the game,” he said.
Both teams will play the remainder of Friday night’s game at a different stadium and no fans will be allowed to watch in person