High School Coaches Get into Fight in North-Central Alabama

By: Handout/CBS
By: Handout/CBS
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A pair of prep football coaches in Alabama got into a fist fight at a game involving Jasper and Cullman. (Courtesy: Combs Broadcasting/TV16HD/CBS)

It wasn't supposed to be boxing night at the high school football stadium...but a pair of prep football coaches in Alabama got into a fist fight after Friday night's game and the police ended up ... breaking it up.

The bench-clearing brawl came after a close game between rivals Cullam and Walker High Schools. Cullman had just beaten Walker, 13-10, on a 6-yard run with 18 seconds left in the game after what several believe were questionable calls by the referees and at least 20 penalties.

Cullman Defensive Coordinator Matt Hopper was escorted from the field with a bloody, bruised face. His foe, Walker Coach John Holladay, was placed on administrative leave.

Cullman's school board president Suzanne Harbin told the local newspaper "“I understand there is no need to reprimand our coaches and players, that they acted with class and dignity during the situation.'

On the other side, Walker school officials have placed Holladay on administrative leave while they investigate. The Alabama High School Athletic Association is also investigating.

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