IHSAA announces penalties for football game fight

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has placed both the Washington High School and Michigan City High School football teams on probation for a fight that happened during a football game last Friday night in Michigan City.

IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox met Tuesday afternoon with principals, athletic directors and coaches from both schools in Indianapolis.

In addition to the teams being put on probation, four players from Michigan City and two from Washington are suspended for the next game, according to the IHSAA.

An assistant coach from Washington is also suspended one game by the IHSAA.

Washington assistant coach Keith Witherspoon has been suspended indefinitely by the school and the IHSAA instructed him to take the Teaching and Role Modeling Behavior course offered by NFHSLearn.com.

The game ended because of the fight. The IHSAA ruled the game will be scored as a double forfeit.

The IHSAA says it does not believe the incident was a brawl, but a "highly-competitive game that got out of hand."

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