‘Brawl’ update: School officials from Fitzgerald and Wilcox County to meet, says report

School officials from Fitzgerald and defending Class A champion Wilcox County were scheduled to meet on Tuesday night, according to WALB-TV.

The Georgia High School Association is still awaiting on written reports from both schools before determining any possible disciplinary measures.

WALB’s Stephanie Springer talked to several eyewitnesses and described the scene as a “brawl involving more than 100 people.”

“You see players, parents, coaches even onlookers jumping the fence and running out into the field it was pretty confusing,” Investigator Patrick Hogan, who was working security during the game, told the TV station.

One of the parents of  a Fitzgerald player was quoted as saying, “It was like the whole team just rushed, from there normally they would walk down the line and shake hands but they just rushed toward us and chaos just begun.” Click here to read the rest of the report.

Scene from after last Friday's scrimmage between Fitzgerald and reigning Class A football champion Wilcox County (WALB photo)

Scene from after last Friday's scrimmage between Fitzgerald and reigning Class A football champion Wilcox County (WALB photo)

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told the AJC because it was a practice (scrimmage) and not a regular game, there would not likely be any suspensions — unless it was proven that a player or coach tried to intentionally harm someone else.

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23 comments Add your comment


August 18th, 2010
5:06 am

Not good for high school athletics.


August 18th, 2010
8:40 am

GHSA is a joke. Players and coaches are free to run wild. And everyone wonders why they get in trouble at college.


August 18th, 2010
8:47 am

Thats typical WALB reporting, and typical Fitzgerald arrogance. I was there, Wilcox was shaking hands when all of this started, there was no rushing toward Ben Hill. Typical. Let GHSA handle this. Obviously the investigator wasn’t working security as he should have.


August 18th, 2010
9:05 am

I had a friend there who says that the Wilcox Coach’s attitude and refusal to shake hands with the Fitzgerald coach led to the whole thing.


August 18th, 2010
9:20 am

Must not be getting enough government funding? Just give the two schools more money.. that’s the answer.


August 18th, 2010
9:21 am

This altercation is indeed disappointing, but it pales in comparison to the real problem we face in Georgia High School Footballo: the vast amount of recruiting that is going on in our state, particularly football and basketball, although baseball gets its share also. Lets make a rule that anyone who transfers after the 9th grade must sit out a year, no matter what the circumstances. Unfortunately recruiting has become the life blood of high school football at some schools as much so as it is in college. We have failed to police this recruiting, and it has gotten to be a joke in the high school football world in Georgia. The excuse for years has been that if we stop it, “We might get sued”. Lets get some sueing insurance and stop this crap….If not, only schools around Atlanta and city schools around metro Atlanta will be playing for first place and everyone else will be an also ran….It’s becoming harder to figure out who the good coaches are because some recruit up so much talent that it makes them look like the next Vincent Lombardi when in fact they are only living off the fat of the land….And no special favors for Northside again, please…..Everyone, including the members of the GHSA caucus that meets in Thomaston, kinows they pulled a fast one right in front of everyone’s eyes….


August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

Dang. At first I thought it was video of the East Point section 8 fiasco. This doesn’t surprise me. Southwest High in ATL used to start these same kind of brawls—in the late 60’s/early 70’s. The more things change the more they stay the same. I’m glad nobody got knifed or shot. EVERY parent who got involved needs a date at the county jail.

nuff said

August 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Easy solution. Neither team plays anymore this season. Then the ‘brawls’ will never happen again.

redneck fools in charge

August 18th, 2010
9:38 am

Read the statement issued by a redneck fool, whose complete lack of leadrship is why GHSA is a joke.

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told the AJC because it was a practice (scrimmage) and not a regular game, there would not likely be any suspensions — unless it was proven that a player or coach tried to intentionally harm someone else.


August 18th, 2010
10:09 am

It’s South GA. Did you expect anything less?

Call IT

August 18th, 2010
12:03 pm

Notice who was mainly involved and who they interviewed.

Thugs from Thug City.

Enough Said!


August 18th, 2010
5:01 pm

This mess shouldn’t have made news. WALB had a slow news day and blew this story out of proportion. WALB = Cut-throat news reporting.


August 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

HEY HARD ROCK ——-You are dead on man…………….I have been Blogging this for years. A good example is Columbus, Ga..and the Bd. Of Education…….Been doing it for years at certain aports. If you don’t believe me(Columbus Fans) just do a little investigating……Start maybe with Carver, or mayby Columbus ib Baseball, or shaw in years past…..amazing how the same teams keep on winning ,, and all other schools in Columbus keep on losing!!!!! HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.!!!!????????


August 18th, 2010
8:31 pm

When will the coaches in this state who are not involved in this outrageous recruiting scream for the GHSA to take some action….Get some sueing insurance and shut this down…People renting apartments and not living there, people giving fictitious addresses, kids getting in trouble in their home school and riding up the road to play even though everyone knows that they have not made a bona fide move….They still live, sleep, and eat in the same house they always did, they just ride up the road everyday and play for a different team…..Everybody knows whats going on, it is no secret…But it still keeps happening….Guess folks are going to have to hire private investigators who video some of these kids coming out of their same lifetime residence and acting as if they have moved….Come on GHSA, level the playing field….

Rev. Mark

August 18th, 2010
10:08 pm

Cool, a new crop of recruits!!

Now, off to the tanning booth…


August 18th, 2010
10:23 pm

Sad to say recruiting even happens in Pee Wee football. Its just the way of the world today Hard Rock.


August 19th, 2010
7:32 am

Don’t teams film scrimmages?

Blackberry Cobbler

August 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Word is that the Wilcox coach was upset because he throught Fitzgerald really piled it on– 50+ points in a scrimmage game. The Wilcox coach lost his cool and that set everything off. Had the coach been able to control himself, the players would not have gotten into it as well.

Truth talker

August 19th, 2010
9:18 am

The GHSA is a joke everone knows that. Pruitt tried to run up the score to prove that if he was in any other class other than the one Buford is in he could win a state chapionship.


August 19th, 2010
10:13 am

4th quarter starters were out. Pruitt was not running up the score. If wilcox cant handle the JV thats their problem

wolfbait 67

August 20th, 2010
7:39 am

Fitzgerald was just responding to the way last season ended……….lost to Buford..Thursday nite Class Double AA Buford outscored Class AAAA powerhouse Clark Central(Athens) 28-3 and looked ahead of last years team which eliminated Fitzgerald……Fitzgerald was just showing the fans that they could still whip “little Bro”


August 20th, 2010
4:00 pm

you know alot of the people on here are saiding some goodthing but i think that both coachs should be gone for atleat 2 game and the players that was in on it should get the same cause it got to stop some where i got friend that call that game and they said that both coachs start the whole mess and why is Pruitt try to run the score up in a scrimmage game we all ned to rember that this gfame is for the kids. and the parents that got in it should be lock up in jail and thorw away the key. and GHSA need to get a back bone and stop talking about they as not gone to do anything cause it was a scrimmage game it dont matter you still had to pay the officals for doing the game so treat it like a real game and stop sit on thier butt and makeing money for doing nothing the safety of the kids is what matter so get off your butt GHSA and do your job.


August 21st, 2010
10:38 pm

bobcat, you DO NOT know what your talking about when you talk about the GHSA.