Photo Credit: WTAM

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Police say fights on the field and in the stands forced officials to stop a season-opening high school football matchup. The game between Garfield Heights and Collinwood was in the third quarter when officials halted play because of an on-field altercation and two more in the stands. At least three people were arrested.

The Garfield Heights Bulldogs winning 26-6 when the game was called. No word as to when or if the game will be made up.

The following is posted on the Garfield Heights City Schools website:

During the 3rd quarter of the Garfield Heights City Schools home football game against visiting Collinwood High School, a series of altercations in the stands and on the field, ultimately led to the cancellation of the contest during this inaugural week of the fall high school season. At this time, no one was reported to be injured as a result of the altercation, and local and neighboring safety and security officials arrived immediately on the scene to clear the football field and the stands. Specifically, an incident broke out in the stands and was followed by an altercation between the opposing teams on the field. Because the safety and security of every person who attends co-curricular activities at the Garfield Heights City Schools is of the utmost importance, district officials, game officials and security personnel made the decision to cancel the game instantaneously. Local officials took appropriate actions, and the community can rest assured knowing that those students of the Garfield Heights City Schools who were involved will be swiftly and appropriately dealt with by the district.

 Get breaking news sent to your mobile phone. Text "news" to 21095. 

(Copyright 2014 Clear Channel and The Associated Press, all rights reserved.) 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button