More sanctions have been announced for South Aiken and North Augusta high schools following a fight after a varsity football game between the two schools on Oct. 13 at North Augusta High School.
A total of 20 students from South Aiken and North Augusta high schools were involved in a fight after a brawl broke out during the handshake line after a chippy game for first place in Region 4-AAAA. North Augusta scored twice in the fourth quarter to win the game 21-7.
"Players on each side were suspended for up to two games due to the sportsmanship issue," according to a release from the Aiken County Public School District. "The South Carolina High School League’s review of the post-game altercation between North Augusta and South Aiken has led to additional disciplinary action of student athletes, a $500 monetary fine to the high schools’ athletic programs, and a restrictive probationary period for both varsity teams."
After viewing multiple video recordings of the altercation during the post-game handshake, including some available through social media, the South Carolina High School League identified nine players from each team and an additional non-uniformed student from North Augusta who were involved in the incident, according to the release.
The names of the suspended players were not made immediately available.
North Augusta and South Aiken high schools received letters from the South Carolina High School League dated Oct. 25 in response to the incident.
"In addition to the individual penalties placed on the players, both North Augusta and South Aiken’s varsity football teams have been put on restrictive probation for one calendar year effective October 13, 2017," according to the release. "For the 2018 season, both varsity football teams will be restricted to one scrimmage and will not be allowed to participate in jamborees or in scrimmages where admission is charged. Additionally, the schools will both be fined $500 for unsportsmanlike conduct."
Neither team plans to appeal the decision, according to the release.
"The unsportsmanlike behavior exhibited by some players during the post-game handshake is unacceptable for an Aiken County Public School District student athlete and will not be tolerated," according to a statement from the School District immediately following the Oct. 13 incident.