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St. Joe's appeals player suspension after fight

Posted at 6:34 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 22:22:56-04

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute has now filed an appeal over the suspension of one of the teams football players after a brawl during a recent football game against Bishop-Timon St. Jude. The appeal was filed with the Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association on Friday.  

New video taken by a parent, and posted online, shows the brawl that forced an end of the football game at Tift Field in South Buffalo on October 7th.

"From viewing video of this game, it is clear that the player was dragged on the ground by a number of players from the opposing team, and in standing and trying to extricate himself - he struck out only in in order to get himself free.", said Robert T. Scott, president of SJCI. 

SJCI announced on Friday that the player that was suspended will now be eligible to play in Saturday's game against Canisius as the appeals process takes place. 

Several players for Timon-St. Jude were also suspended. The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association punished both teams with a double-forfeit.

"It just doesn't look good on anybody. Nobody looks good here," said Frank Wolf, who has been covering local high school sports for five years and posted the video of the fight on his website http://wnyathletics.com.

The brawl also made news because former St. Joe's star and current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly got involved.

After the punishments were handed down, St. Joe's said it would accept the ruling but was extremely disappointed.

However, students from St. Joe's told 7 Eyewitness News that the football team was protesting the suspension of their teammate and threatening to not play unless the school appealed the suspension.