Oliver Springs players ejected from game after football brawl

Oliver Springs players ejected from game after football brawl

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(Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) Three Oliver Springs football players were ejected from a game after a brawl broke out on the field Friday against Monterey High School at Tennessee Tech. (Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) Three Oliver Springs football players were ejected from a game after a brawl broke out on the field Friday against Monterey High School at Tennessee Tech.
(Photo Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) A referee was knocked down during the Oliver Springs vs. Monterey High School game, but 6 News was told he was okay. (Photo Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) A referee was knocked down during the Oliver Springs vs. Monterey High School game, but 6 News was told he was okay.
(Photo Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) Monterey High School won the game 36-27 over the Bobcats Friday, eliminating Oliver Springs' chance at the playoffs. (Photo Courtesy: RoaneSports.com) Monterey High School won the game 36-27 over the Bobcats Friday, eliminating Oliver Springs' chance at the playoffs.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

COOKEVILLE (WATE) - A bench clearing brawl during a high school football game is leaving many asking: What exactly happened?

Friday night, Oliver Springs High School and Monterey High School had a football game at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. Players and fans were ejected when a fight broke out during the second half.

Randy Ellis of RoaneSports.com was announcing the game. He describes the fight as pandemonium.

"It was a run play. All of the sudden you see a big play, then arms flying. Here comes both sides of the benches and coach trying to stop it," said Ellis.

During the incident, one of the referees was knocked down.

"He was in the middle of the alteration trying to separate it out and just got hit and was down for a second," said Ellis. "They brought the stretcher out for him, but he got back up."

No one was injured, but the Putnam County Sheriff's Office did detain one fan. Three Oliver Springs players were also ejected.

Darian Benoit also attended the game. She was watching her brother play on the Oliver Springs team.

"It became from shouting to intensified yelling to intensified punching, to ready through punches," said Benoit. "You didn't want to stick your arm out, because you didn't want to be that first shot."

Monterey High School eventually came from behind to win 36-27 over Oliver Springs and taking away the Bob Cats' shot at making the playoffs.

In a statement to 6 News, Putnam County School Superintendent Jerry Boyd said: "This is one of those situations where emotions got the best of both teams. I'm thankful nobody was injured and that both teams were able to compose themselves."

No Monterey players or fans were ejected from the game.  

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