BREAKING NEWS: CIF drops the hammer on Pomona, Wilson for their roles in last week’s brawl …


Two more local high school football teams have been rocked by suspensions stemming from a brawl they participated in last Friday night.

On Wednesday, the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch football teams were handed down heavy suspensions by the CIF-Southern Section. On Thursday, Pomona and Wilson got theirs.

Pomona had one player ejected from the game on-site by the officiating crew for fighting and/or assaultive behavior. After reviewing the film, another player was also considered ejected. Then, 13 players were considered ejected after CIF concluded via video of the game that they left the team’s bench area to participate.

For Pomona, it’s a total tally of 15 players who will be suspended for one game, which is Friday’s Valle Vista League showdown against Baldwin Park. The Red Devils are 7-0 and bidding for the Valle Vista League championship. Baldwin Park is 6-1 and also has league title and playoff aspirations.

Wilson saw 20 players given one-game suspensions by the Southern Section, 17 of which were determined to have left the bench area to participate in the melee.

There is now concern that the Wildcats won’t be able to field a team to compete in Saturday’s game against Northview. If Wilson can’t, they will be forced to forfeit. Wilson is currently 1-7.

According to NFHS rules, any player who leaves the confines of his/her team’s bench area to participate in a brawl is subject to an automatic one-game suspension to be served during the team’s following game.

Earlier this week, Pomona took unilateral action by suspending 12 players. But once CIF got involved in the incident and conducted its own investigation using reports from both schools, video footage of the game and interviews from game officials, the number of Red Devils penalized went way up.

“We studied the tape and reviewed it probably 20 or 30 times,” Pomona principal Roger Fasting said on Tuesday. “Any student-athlete who entered the playing field and was not part of the play is being suspended for a game.

“We wanted to send the message loud and clear, and we all agreed it was the right thing to do. Definitely, it’s an unfortunate situation, but the bigger picture is that the football season will last for another one or two months and this is a learning moment for everybody.”

  • Leo Tolstoy

    Bottom line with the DB vs DR brawl is that Northview players, coaches and parents get screwed out of two high school football games. Sucks being a senior. Thanks for nothing !

    • SGVSports

      Confused, what are you talking about?

      • Not so

        I think he meant Rowland not Northview.

        • Leo Tolstoy

          I stand corrected. Thank you.

  • SGVSports

    Aram the number I got was 30 Wilson players. Your numbers don’t match up to the numbers at the game last week. Wilson had 50 players and Pomona had 30 players suited up. If they only had 19 penalized then they would have 31 players, My number of 30 is right on. I see some PR going on here.

    • AramT

      This is what CIF handed down. Perhaps the school did more on its own.

      • SGVSports

        Aram, I agree with you CIF handed out.20 to Wilson, they did play 30 short tonight. They had 50 at the Pomona game and 20 tonight.

  • SGVSports

    Pomona 15 Wilson 20 via CIF
    My source from Wilson High told me the administration suspended 30. I’m assuming that is why their is no JV game.
    Pomona High School had one (1) player ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating
    crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.had one (1) player ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating
    crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.2. Pomona High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional player
    (1) ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior., following review of game footage, has had an additional player
    (1) ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.3. Pomona High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional 13 players
    ejected from the contest due to leaving the confines of the bench or team area., following review of game footage, has had an additional 13 players
    ejected from the contest due to leaving the confines of the bench or team area.4. Pomona High School, following review of game footage, had 10 players on the field
    prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and
    were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected
    and considered eligible for their next contest., following review of game footage, had 10 players on the field
    prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and
    were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected
    and considered eligible for their next contest.5. Wilson High School had one (1) players ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating
    crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.had one (1) players ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating
    crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.6. Wilson High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional two (2)
    players ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior., following review of game footage, has had an additional two (2)
    players ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.7. Wilson High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional 17 players
    ejected from the contest due to leaving the confines of the bench or team area., following review of game footage, has had an additional 17 players
    ejected from the contest due to leaving the confines of the bench or team area.8. Wilson High School, following review of game footage, had eight (8) players on the field
    prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and
    were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected
    and considered eligible for their next contest.
    , following review of game footage, had eight (8) players on the field
    prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and
    were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected
    and considered eligible for their next contest.

  • SGVSports

    Aram,
    You really don’t see an issue with your reporting. Pomona suspended 12 of their players, CIF review the film and raised that number to 15, thats an increase of 3 players. You commented “the number of Red Devils penalized went way up”, 3 is way up?
    What I’m shocked about is that you are still expecting Pomona to win against Baldwin Park. Pomona only had 30 players on the field last week. Wilson is talking about forfeiting and they had 50 players on the field last week. Based on those numbers Pomona will suit up 15 players and Wilson will suit up 30 players.
    Here is your complete quote,
    “Earlier this week, Pomona took unilateral action by suspending 12 players. But once CIF got involved in the incident and conducted its own investigation using reports from both schools, video footage of the game and interviews from game officials, the number of Red Devils penalized went way up”.

    Based on the comments on yours and Fred’s blog others are starting to realize your bias perspective on this and other Pomona topics.

  • SGVSports

    The Wilson head coach, the one that jumped on the field before the play ended, broke his arm in the scrum.

    My question is how invovled in the scrum was this coach to break his arm?