Last Friday, an Encinal High School football player started a bench-clearing brawl in a game against Center High School. The news comes via an e-mail distributed to Encinal parents and signed by Sean McPhetridge, Interim Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District, Kirsten Zazo, Tracy Allegrotti, Amy Frey, Administration, Encinal High School, Micki Singer Athletic Director, Encinal High School and Ricky Rodriguez, Head Football Coach.
According to the e-mail, an Encinal player, not named, took a hard, but legal, hit on the field, and subsequently threw a punch out of anger.
Both teams’ benches cleared.
“Most players who ran onto the field knew they shouldn’t. But they were acting to protect their teammates, to defend their brothers, to restore order. Unfortunately, in the moment, some also crossed well over the line of a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules violation, becoming aggressors,” reads the e-mail.
Consequently, the Encinal High School administration and athletic department have decided that the Varsity football team will forfeit its next game, the Island Bowl.
Additionally, officials have decided that:
- Active participants in the altercation will be disciplined by the school.
- All players who left the bench will receive a minimum of a one game suspension, pursuant to CIF rules.
- The school will endorse all other sanctions, penalties, and/or fines issued by the CIF.
- All members of the Encinal High School Football Varsity team will participate in community service with local organizations focused upon violence prevention.
- All proceeds of the gate from Friday night’s game will be given to the victims of Saturday night’s Alameda arson fires.
The Encinal High School Junior Varsity team will play the Alameda Hornets Junior Varsity team this Friday evening at Thompson Field.