High School Sports

A fight in the stands at Park Hill causes high school football game to end early

JTOYOSHIBA@KCSTAR.COM

A fight involving students prompted an early ending to a high school football game between rivals Park Hill and Park Hill South on Friday. The students were attendees at the games, not players, according to Nicole Kirby, the Park Hill School District director of communication services.

But district officials deemed the altercation severe enough to end the game midway into the fourth quarter after students traded punches and engaged in shoving matches that moved throughout portions of the stands.

Park Hill was leading Park Hill South 42-0 with 9:44 left in the game, which will be considered final.

“We ended the game early in order to keep everybody safe after a fight,” Kirby said. “Police are still trying to get an understanding for what caused the fight and everyone who was involved.”

Kirby said nobody involved in the fight needed medical attention and that reports of a stabbing incident were not correct.

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