California high school football game ends in bench-clearing brawl (Video)
A high school football game between San Bernardino High and Palm Desert High got out of hand in more ways than just the scoreboard last Friday night. With Palm Desert leading 45-6 in a completely one-sided game, the San Bernardino quarterback was tackled in front of Palm Desert’s bench. This prompted a San Bernardino player to push a Palm Desert player from behind, and things escalated from there.
According to CBS Los Angeles, a bench-clearing brawl broke out between the two teams.
“All we know is that he got tackled,” San Bernardino coach Jeff Imbriani explained. “He got grabbed in the private. He got up, kinda shoved the guy off like ‘What are you doing?’ And then he swung. The guy swung and then (it was) all melee from there.”
San Bernardino and Palm Desert could both be forced to forfeit their games Friday night because of suspensions. CIF Southern Section rules state that if a player leaves the bench area during an altercation he or she is automatically suspended for the following game.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen a brawl break out at the end of a game, but you never want to see it at the high school level. Not being able to control your temper can cost a team, and it sounds like both schools might end up with a loss because their players couldn’t control theirs.