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OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - Seven Oliver Springs High School and one Monterey High School football players face athletic suspensions after a bench clearing brawl at a game earlier this month.
Oliver Springs High School and Monterey High School played against each other on Nov. 1 at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. Players and fans were ejected when a fight broke out during the second half.
A report from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association does not list the students by name, but instead by number.
The letter sent to Oliver Springs principal Jeffrey Woods says the state has received written reports from both schools and has reviewed video of the incident several times.
TSSAA says the altercation began on the football field, at which point seven adults came onto the field from each sideline. There were also multiple incidents in the stands which required police officers to restore order.
Oliver Springs players #51 and #3, both of which are seniors, will be given two-game suspensions in the spring sports in which they participate. If any other ejections occur, they will be banned from participating in sports for the rest of their senior year and will not be able to attend any sporting events at Oliver Springs High School for one calendar year.
Player #4, who left the sidelines, will be suspended for the first two football games of next season. Player #30 will be suspended for one game.
Oliver Springs players #50 and #57 will be banned from attending any sporting event at Oliver Springs until January 1, 2014 as both are seniors and neither participate in any other sports.
All six above players must attend anger management sessions.
Player #1, who was ejected later in the game, will be dealt with according to TSSAA policies.
The adults who took part in the fight will be identified and punished by being banned from sporting events at Oliver Springs until January 1, 2014.
Monterey player #2 will not play in Friday night's playoff game and will be placed on probation for the remainder of the academic year. If player #2, who also plays baseball, is ejected for any reason, he will lose athletic eligibility.
In addition, each school must immediately pay a $500 fine and will be placed on probation until November 13, 2014. The schools will be fined an additional $500 each during the probation period.
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