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The Arkansas Activities Association upheld the ejection of 28 players Wednesday after a fight during a high school football game last week, a spokesman for the agency said.

As punishment, 11 athletes from Drew Central High School and 17 from Hampton High School must sit out the next four consecutive quarters of varsity competition, according to Derek Walter, assistant executive director for media relations at the Arkansas Activities Association.

The association ruled Friday's game a "no contest" because less than one half was played. The fight broke out in the second quarter.

Walter said "emotions after a play" caused the on-field brawl between players at Drew Central stadium. Coaches and officials attempted to break it up, authorities said, but bench players and fans from both sides had already run onto the field and joined the fray.

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober said two people were arrested during the skirmish. Deputies arrested 43-year-old Anthony Johnson after he refused to leave the field and proceeded to get in a fight with an Arkansas State Police trooper, according to an arrest report from the sheriff's office.

He was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and taken to the Drew County jail, where he remained until Tuesday, when he was released, Gober said.

The report states that Johnson's wife, Tomika Johnson, tried to intervene and said she was going with her husband.

Gober said she was taken to the Drew County jail on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespassing and was released later that night.


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  • hah406
    September 6, 2018 at 12:19 p.m.

    The head coaches for both teams should be suspended as well for failure to maintain control of their players, particularly those who came off the bench.

  • Dontcallmenames
    September 6, 2018 at 1:04 p.m.

    Once again, like the Salt Bowl, just another sign of what happens when morality is up for debate, no corporal punishment and no God in school. But hey, let's let them kneel for the flag during the anthem and that will make everything better.

  • ParkHillBilly
    September 6, 2018 at 1:40 p.m.

    DontCallMe, This is what happens when there is no morality in the White House, when the president lies thousands of times, sleeps with and pays off porn stars, cheats on all of his wives, demeans John McCain and Gold Star families. It trickles down to the kids, ya know.

  • GOHOGS19
    September 6, 2018 at 1:44 p.m.

    DALEH it started with Bill Clinton

  • RBBrittain
    September 6, 2018 at 1:52 p.m.

    @GoHogs19: It started with Adam and Eve.

  • GeneralMac
    September 6, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.

    "Tomika Johnson tried to intervene"


    A name says a lot !

  • titleist10
    September 6, 2018 at 2:36 p.m.

    We didn’t have this kind of behavior before 1957- family taught their kids how to behave and respect others-breakdown of family unit prevents this now

  • FireEyes
    September 6, 2018 at 2:39 p.m.

    You are dead wrong. DONTCALLMENAMES is 100% right.

    As usual, the leftist/liberal/commies are blaming the wrong side. IF their outrage is honest, how about going after the Clintons and all their buddies, esp the Kenyan???? Any Arkansan with just ONE functioning brain cell, and who lived through the Clinton era here (as I did), knows it would take at least 20 years of constant trials to hold them accountable for just half of their trashy doings. Oh but no, the leftists point their dirty little fingers at Trump for things that happened ages ago. I guess they forgot the skeletons in their closets, which are plentiful! Like McCain, traitor in Nam and obstructionist to the very last.

  • MaxCady
    September 6, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.

    You don't want to mess with an Arkansas State Trooper! They will stomp the sh*t out of you! This is a generational thing, everybody seems to have a sense of entitlement these days.

  • goodemoney
    September 6, 2018 at 2:52 p.m.

    Hey Generalmac, I happen to know that Tomika Johnson is a fine, church-going woman from a good family. What's your point?