What do you do if you with two high school football teams after a massive brawl? If you’re the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, you decide to have them both lose the game in a rare, double forfeit.
Just six weeks after the Lewis Mills football team stood on the Muzzy Field gridiron with nothing but smiles stretched across its collective face following a win in its first-ever varsity game, things have suddenly turned sour.
Thirty-six seconds into the third quarter of Saturday’s Pequot Conference Sassacus Division affair with North Branford, things turned ugly. On just the third play of the second half, a bench-clearing brawl broke out between the Spartans and the Thunderbirds which brought the game to a halt. North Branford was leading 42-7 at the time of the stoppage.
But the CIAC ruled on Tuesday that the contest will go down as a defeat for both teams. Paul Hoey, associate director of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, said that after discussions with game officials, it decided to rule the game a double-forfeit.
“It’s a double-forfeit with a loss being charged to each team,” Hoey said. “This has been confirmed following consultation with the game officials at the contest, the state football rules interpreter, and the staff and football committee members from the National Federation of High Schools.”
Football Brawl Results in Double-Forfeit (New Britain Herald)