MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS - A youth football league in Montgomery County is pursuing criminal charges on up to six people after a brawl that erupted in front of young players.
It happened on Saturday at West Montgomery County Park in Montgomery as players were walking off the field.
The tensions started during the game being played by Willis Junior Panthers and the Montgomery Junior Sun Devils.
According to the North County Youth Football League, the three people who started the melee don’t have kids on either team.
League president Chad Jones told KHOU 11 News that the instigators had come with a parent whose kid was playing on the Willis Junior Panthers team.
Jones and several witnesses said they appeared to be angry over calls being made by the coach on that team.
That coach was knocked to the ground after the game wrapped up, and video taken by a number of witnesses shows things escalating from there.
“It was bad enough, but what could’ve happened is even worse. It will not be tolerated period. They need to go to jail. They need to be held accountable to the highest extent of the law,” Jones said.
Nobody expected the fight to go this far.
Witnesses said a man pulled out a knife as kids watched on.
“This to me was unbelievable,” Jones said. “You absolutely can’t fix stupid. What you can do is hold stupid accountable.”
A parent who asked not to be named told KHOU 11 News that he feared his 10-year-old son had been trampled.
“I thought, 'Oh, no, he’s in that pile.' My first response was to jump in and make sure he’s OK,” the father said. “You see the stereotypes about Texas football and parents and the way they act. Then you see videos like this, and it promotes it, and it’s horrible.”
The father was relieved to find out his son was behind him and not caught in the middle of the brawl.
He and a number of other parents proceeded to break it up.
“My son and every other kid on that field had been looking forward to that game since way back in August,” he said. “Most of the people you see throwing punches are not parents. They are family members or friends of family members that came.”
There are reports that some of the people involved in the brawl may be teenagers.
Nobody was seriously hurt in the fight.
Jones said he will soon be presenting all of the evidence he has to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
He told KHOU 11 News that he was confident that video taken by a number of witnesses will lead to substantial charges.
A sergeant with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said he was not aware of the case as of Monday afternoon.
Jones said the parent whose three friends started the fight has been banned from the league. The player they came to watch has been banned as well.
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