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Video shows Pinecrest, Union Pines brawl

Published: 2010-09-03 17:56:00
Updated: 2010-09-03 18:45:00

Sep 3, 2010 has obtained amateur video of the brawl that happened between Pinecrest and Union Pines on Friday Aug. 27.

The video shows Pinecrest, in dark jerseys, scoring a touchdown, then converting a two-point attempt in the second quarter to give the Patriots at 47-7 advantage. On the ensuing kickoff, a fight between two players breaks out near midfield, leading to what officials called a "bench-clearing brawl."

Three players from both teams were ejected from the game for fighting.

On Thursday, Moore County Schools announced that both Pinecrest and Union Pines would be barred from the state playoffs, in accordance with the N.C. High School Athletic Association rules.

Players who are ejected for fighting must serve a mandatory two game suspension.

The Moore County superintendent said additional disciplinary action was taken against other players who were not ejected by officials.

Both schools originally told officials that video of the incident did not exist.

Moore County Schools said a fan furnished a copy of the video to the NCHSAA for further review earlier this week. The video was used by both schools to conduct internal investigations.

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You can not blame them for wanting to score a TD...but going for 2 points?

As far as the fight and suspensions...I can not believe these two teams are barred for that little bit of a tustle. That was NOTHING!
September 7, 2010 2:55 p.m.
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Fan fair are you serious! You are defending running up the score on a team because it was done to you in the past? You are wondering why the union pines players were playing dirty? Even if it was the 2nd or 3rd string in their scoring points why go for 2pts and you are up by 40pts.

xrorees that is the rule any team that has three ejects are barred from the playoffs. Being a fan and supporting your team is a lot easier than looking at your own team and saying it was our fault.
September 5, 2010 8:36 p.m.
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That's it?
September 4, 2010 11:19 p.m.
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Will make a couple of other quick comments.

1) Yes, it is not as bad as it could have been, but it's still not something that should posted in an "Ode to High School Football" video.

2) And while it seems unfair as a punishment, the rule is based upon at least 3 persons on a team being ejected for fighting. The officials ejected 3 for fighting from Pinecrest and 3 from Union Pines. You can dislike the rule, but as long as it's in the rulebook, it needs to be enforced.
September 4, 2010 3:38 p.m.
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From what I could, it was a Pinecrest player that initiated it. Pinecrest player's helmet has come off during the kickoff, I guess due to a tussle with an Union Pines player. After the play stops, Pinecrest player looks like he says something to the Union Pines player. Union Pines player looks like he gives Pinecrest player a bump or brush (and may have said something as weel) as he goes back to the sideline. Pinecrest player then goes after him and that's when the excitement started. I guess the Union Pines player shouldn't haven't brushed him (or said anything, if he did), but when you have a 49-7 lead, the Pinecrest player should have just picked up his helmet and headed back to his sideline.

Commend the Pinecrest assistants who kept their team back on the bench, once they realized they were starting to follow them across the field.
September 4, 2010 3:33 p.m.
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Bottom Line: No the score should not have been run up by PC. However, you have kids out there 2nd/ 3rd string that hardly play still scoring over UP. What does a team do? Stop playing? NO. Stop playing when the UP team has already had official and non official unsportsmanship calls all night? The cheap blows ALL night by the same few players on UP was terrible. That needed to be addressed by all coaching staff, the players and the refs. PC kids wanted their few minutes of glory too. As a fan of PC and the sport in general, I have seen this team get slaughtered over the years and the "fans" hate PC when they lose and overnight "love" them when they win. We are talking about kids out there playing. The "bench clearing"?..Kudos to PC coaches on the sideline for keeping the bench on the bench. They were telling the few that came off to get back on. Look at the video. The officials need to lose their jobs here. They are to blame for allowing this situation to get out of control.
September 4, 2010 8:51 a.m.
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I don't know anyone from either school and I certainly don't condone running up the score or fighting. However, I do want to know what is the big deal about this so-called "bench-clearing brawl"? As far as I can see on the video, maybe 6 or 8 players were involved. It looks like the coaches kept 90% of the players on the sidelines and the officials restored order pretty quickly. Form what is shown on this video, it seems to me that the only people overreacting are the Moore County school officials who have punished an awful lot of innocent players by barring post-season play. Maybe there is some history of bad blood and prior incidents that I don't know about?
September 4, 2010 7:38 a.m.
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I am so tired of people supporting the coach from Pinecrest. Now it's here for everyone to see. Going for two and you already up by 40!!!!!!!!! Be glad the Union Pines coaches didn't tell their players to take out some knees
September 4, 2010 12:25 a.m.
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Do I think Metzger would condone such behavior. YES I DO. I saw it. Going for 2 up 40 showed a lot of people including me the character or lack there of in this man.
September 3, 2010 11:11 p.m.
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Do you honestly think that the Pinecrest coaches would condone such behavior? Coach Metzger is a friend of mine and I know that he would not encourage any actions from his players that would reflect poorly on the school or the student himself. I was at this game and emotions were running high. It is a shame that it happened especially among kids who have grown up together and played in rec ball either beside each other or across the line of scrimmage. We have waited for the day that we can cheer for a competitive ball club and the day is finally here. Pinecrest is being punished too severely for a 2 minute incident. But we'll take our punishment and move on.
September 3, 2010 10:55 p.m.
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