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.”
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.
***UPDATE***Sources close to the Diamond Bar football team are saying the school is bracing for the very real possibility that it will have to forfeit its Nov. 1 game against Rowland due to being unable to field a team after suspensions are handed down tomorrow by the CIF-Southern Section.
Diamond Bar’s roster is expected to be extremely hard hit and there’s now doubt that the Brahmas will have enough players when they next take the field on Nov. 1 against Rowland. If Diamond Bar is forced to forfeit the game, it could cost the Brahmas a chance to make the Southeast Division playoffs.
Diamond Bar will not be allowed to pull up players from its JV team to make up the difference because doing so would fly in the face of the punishments that will be levied on Wednesday.
Sources say that both the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high school football teams are expected to be hit with a large number of player suspensions later today when the CIF-Southern Section releases an official statement about its findings in the wake of last Friday’s brawl between the two teams, which caused their game to be stopped with over 3 minutes remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter.
Among those expected to be suspended for Diamond Bar is standout receiver Cordell Broadus, who is the son of rapper Snoop Doggy Dog. One source said the Brahmas could be hit with more than 20 player suspensions. Diamond Ranch is also expected to see a high number of players ruled out for Friday’s game against Rowland.
The suspensions would be for one game, although both schools can also impose further punishment. Diamond Bar has a bye this week. Its suspensions would take place the following week when the Brahmas play Rowland.
Confirmed: Twelve players, FOUR OF THEM STARTERS, will be suspended from Pomona High School’s football team for Friday’s game against Baldwin Park. The players were deemed by the school to have participated in last Friday’s brawl against Wilson. Pomona is 7-0 and bidding for the Valle Vista League championship.
STORY: Chaos in the Hacienda League typically comes from the wacky scores that roll in on Friday nights and wreak havoc on the standings.
That isn’t the case this week, however. Schools officials from Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high schools, along with CIF-Southern Section officials, are trying to sort out the aftermath of a brawl that ended Friday’s game between the Brahmas and Panthers with just over three minutes remaining on the clock.
Matt Koffler is once again the head coach of the Rosemead High School football team … but only for a week.
Koffler was asked by school officials to return as Panthers head coach for this week’s game against El Monte after the school was prompted by the CIF-Southern Section to take disciplinary action against head coach Marc Paramo and an assistant coach for an unspecified rules violation.
Paramo has guided the team to a 6-1 record and Rosemead is currently tied for first place in the Mission Valley League with Arroyo.
“We are satisfied with the actions taken by the school,” CIF-Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said.
Simmons refused to say why the Southern Section recommended Rosemead take action against Paramo and his staff, but did add that the Panthers will not be forced to forfeit any wins.
Following the school’s move to suspend Paramo, it contacted Koffler and the former standout quarterback agreed to return for one game. Koffler has had two previous stints as head coach at Rosemead. He resigned following the 2010 season.
“My athletic director told me what’s going on and I concurred with everything,” Paramo said. “Am I disappointed? Yes. But like I told the kids, it’s not about who, it’s about how. How we respond to this.
“I told Koffler to do what he wants to do. He’s running practice. In no way am I micro-managing either. I told him to do what you do.”
Rosemead is a heavy favorite to beat El Monte, which has struggled to a 1-6 record in 2012. Paramo will be back the following week when the Panthers play Gabrielino.
1. St. Francis (7-0) — Season coming down to Weeks 9 and 10.
2. Bishop Amat (5-2) — Had week off, got help in league standings.
3. La Habra (6-1) — Freeway League is no picnic this year.
4. Glendora (6-1) — Upland and Rancho back-to-back too much to ask.
5. Diamond Ranch (6-1) — Hard-fought win over D-Bar could be costly.
6. La Serna (5-2) — Waxed Santa Fe, looking like Del Rio champ.
7. Charter Oak (3-4) — Ownership of Chino Hills continues.
8. Chino Hills
(5-3) (5-2) — Stage was set to dethrone CO and nada.
9. Monrovia (6-1) — Handling business in RHL yet again.
10. Los Altos (6-1) — Aiming for 9-1 finish and nice seed.
11. Muir (6-1) — Burbank wins opens door for Pacific repeat.
12. Bonita (5-2) — Had their bye, now here comes WestCo.
13. Arroyo (6-1) — Could be headed toward a big postseason.
14. Diamond Bar (5-3) — Put up a good fight vs. D-Ranch.
15. Santa Fe (4-3) — Worrisome loss to La Serna.
16. San Dimas (4-4) — Confidence builds w/every rout.
17. Pomona (7-0) — Amazing turnaround continues.
18. Rio Hondo Prep (6-1) — Can’t wait for Pas Poly game.
19. San Marino (6-1) — Offense put 55 on La Canada.
20. Damien (3-4) — Right back in playoff hunt.
21. Whittier Chr. (4-3) — Showdown with Maranatha looms.
22. El Rancho (4-3) — Offense continues to impress.
23. Arcadia (5-2) — We’ll find out vs. Muir.
24. Northview (5-2) — Had bye to rest for final 3 weeks.
25. Baldwin Park (6-1) — Stirring rally to beat Covina.