Diamond Bar forfeits next game vs. Rowland after being hit by heavy suspensions, Diamond Ranch sees 19 players suspended

The punishments have been handed out and it’s not pretty for the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high school football teams.

Diamond Bar has forfeited its next game on Nov. 1 against Rowland following substantial player suspensions.

According to a release put out by the Southern Section, Diamond Bar had all but one player who was on the sideline at the time of the altercation leave the confines of the bench or team area. Those players are considered ejected.

The rest of the numbers are not pretty for the Brahmas:

FOUR players ejected on-site by the officiating crew.

Following review of game footage, an additional FIVE players ejected due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior

Diamond Ranch tally:

THREE players ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating crew.

Following review of game footage, an additional FIVE players ejected following for fighting and/or assaultive behavior.

ELEVEN players ejected for leaving the bench.

Diamond Ranch, which is 6-1 and in first place in the Hacienda League, plays Rowland on Friday. Diamond Bar is 5-3 and has a bye this week. Forfeiting its Nov. 1 game against Rowland could cost the Brahmas a chance at the Southeast Division playoffs. Diamond Bar is currently in a five-way battle for second and third place in the Hacienda League. Both spots come with automatic playoff berths.

The brawl occurred with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter of last week’s game. Officials decided to halt the game and make it official with Diamond Ranch leading 34-20.

Both schools agreed to let the Southern Section office handle the penalties for the brawl after filing incident reports detailing their accounts of the fight. The Southern Section also used reports from the game officials as well as video of the fight during its investigation.

Under NFHS rules, any player who leaves his team’s bench area to join in a fight faces a mandatory one-game suspension for the following game.

  • patriot_dmo@yahoo.com

    Noodles should have stayed put at WC. What a mess.

    • Valley Athletics

      Noodles should transfer to Monrovia if he wants to play this year .

      • D-Mo

        That’s a good one.

  • Valley Athletics

    The 9 players from DB and 8 players from DR who actually fought should get more punishment than the others .

    • FootballGuy

      I agree, if you fight you should pay a higher price. Other than that, penalties seem fair.

  • Sheriff John

    And any parent that came out of the stands and onto the field should be arrested for trespassing!!!

    • Southeast follower

      On another blog it was reported that those individual that came out of the stands were off duty police officer. But unconfirmed…but you are right.

  • Southeast follower

    Where any of coaches imposed penalties? I Still don’t think its enough.

    • Not so

      Stop with the PC crap already. The kids lost their cool, threw some punches and now they’re being punished. Stop acting like they committed an armed robbery or killed someone.

  • reality

    I feel bad for the players. Yes I do. They were led on to the field of battle by their super-aggressive coaches then when the fight started the coached themselves backed off pretending to be the peacemakers. Everyone knows who bears the most responsibility but not one person as of yet accepts it. I feel sorry for the bands, cheerleaders,maybe even homecoming games. How about Rowland?, their season could be over. May as well turn in your pads. Both these teams will make the playoffs and do well. But I wish they would be led by coaches made of finer stuff.

    • INTEGRITY

      CIF should give the win to Rowland due to DB not being able to play. Why are they now punishing Rowland, they should look at the film, Rowland was not there!! CIF should do what is RIGHT!! Give Rowland the win!!

      • Not so

        When they said that DBar will forfeit the game, what exactly do you think that means? DBar forfeit means Rowland is awarded the victory.

      • AMAT 73

        Integrity,
        When a team forfeits a game the opposing team gets a win and the forfeiting team a loss.

  • 12th man

    It’s beyond my belief why neither coach has come forward with a public apology? That speaks volume towards the program & the school itself..Unless their’s a gag order? lol.

    • Leo Tolstoy

      Actually Coach Layton is seen on Fred’s blog discussing the embarrassment to the Diamond Bar community and spoke at length about his life long commitment to the DB community and his respect for Coach Maine. He spoke immediately after the game.

  • INTEGRITY

    MAYBE THESE COACHES NEED TO TAKE LESSONS FROM THE COACH IN UTAH!! HE TOLD HIS ENTIRE TEAM OF 80 THAT THEY WOULD NOT PLAY UNTIL THEY PERFORMED COMMUNITY SERVICE TO CORRECT THEIR POOR BEHAVIOR AND DECISIONS!! COACHES SHOULD SHOW THE PLAYERS (BOTH DB & DR) MORE THAN FOOTBALL – TEACH THEM INTEGRITY!! START BY LEARNING INTEGRITY YOURSELVES AND STANDING UP AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR RALLYING THE PLAYERS UP IN A NEGATIVE MANNER!! YOU BOTH SHOULD KNOW BETTER, SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU!!

    • Not so

      1st of all, we’re all a bunch of politically correct hypocrites. If we could turn the clock back everyone of us would make a point to be at the DB vs DR game to see this fight. People try to pretend this is the worse thing ever but the fact of the matter is we love to watch bench clearing brawls. Heck, ESPN is still showing Nolan Ryan kicking Robin Younts butt 25 years later.
      2nd of all, something that hasn’t been mentioned here is that with the DBar forfeit, DBar will be losing a few thousand dollars in lost gate revenue and the Seniors won’t have parent night.

  • Don

    So many questions still unanswered even after multiple posts here and on Fredi’s site.

    Are the suspended players practicing while under suspension?

    Why no JV call up?

    Any school or team sanctions on any players or staff not spelled out in the release from Los Alamitos?

    I’d like to hear Maine and Layton answer, “Looking back, would you have done anything differently before or during the game?”

    Work here for an enterprising young prep sports reporter eager for the whole story. Just sayin . . .

    • AramT

      I think you’re looking in the wrong spot for answers, Don.

      I actually covered the story. Here are your answers.

      1. They can practice unless they are suspended from school by the school.

      2. JV call ups would defeat the purpose of the punishment … that what was told to me by a CIF official.

      3. The schools did say that they have not ruled out taking any action of their own in addition to CIF penalties. But none of it would be disclosed if they did.

      4. At least at D-Bar, the coaches and AD have been told they need permission now to speak to media about this. Not about DR.

      5. There are no young and enterprising prep reporters around here.

    • Not so

      Maine’s answer to question #4 would be: Yes, instead of my staff and myself trying to break up the fight on the field, we would have turned away from the field and made sure that none of the players on sideline would have edged forward and over the line of suspension. In other words, we would have let the kids on the field beat the holly heck out of each other like it was a cage death match because if we did that we wouldn’t have to forfeit our game with Rowland in 2 weeks. lol – I understand the purpose of the rule, but sometimes when a fight breaks out in the blink of the moment on your sideline the rule is just not practical.

  • Don

    “I actually covered the story. Here are your answers. “

    Hey, if I didn’t read it in the football blog it didn’t happen.

    1. They can practice unless they are suspended from school by the school.

    This answers #3

    2. JV call ups would defeat the purpose of the punishment …
    that what was told to me by a CIF official.

    So the purpose of the punishment is to hurt the teams, not
    correct the brawlers. Hmmm …

    3. The schools did say that they have not ruled out taking any action of their own in addition to CIF penalties. But none of it would be disclosed if they did.

    See #1

    4. At least at D-Bar, the coaches and AD have been told they need permission now to speak to media about this. Not about DR.

    Who’s runnin this circus, Thom Simmons or Joseph Goebbels? Nah, he’s dead. Must be Roger Goodell.

    5. There are no young and enterprising prep reporters around here.

    I was kinda thinking of Ramirez. ;)

  • Leo Tolstoy

    Maybe every game needs a public address announcement cautioning players and parents concerning these issues. Might help considering how many fans egg on players.