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October 22, 2008 at 9:42 AM

When football turns into a fight

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the Renton-Tyee football game last Friday that turned into a fight in the second quarter and, ultimately, resulted in a double-forfeit. If you missed it, I wrote this story that ran in today’s paper.

I’m anxious to hear your reactions.

How does something like this happen, at least to this degree? Sure, football is a game of emotion, but it also is supposed to be a game of discipline.

This was an extreme example, but there have been other instances of flagrant fouls and ejections this season. One coach I spoke with suggested it sometimes happens in programs low turnouts in part because coaches might fear “running off” more players if they are overly strict.

It’s just a sad situation that affects far more than merely the players who made the mistake of leaving their sideline. With this Friday’s forfeit from Tyee (the Totems don’t have enough eligible players left), Lindbergh has no homecoming football game. It is cool, though, that the high-profoile Mount Rainier-Lindbergh girls soccer game is now the Eagles’ homecoming event Friday, and football coach Dominic Yarrington said his entire team will be there in support (all five male members of homecoming court happen to be football players, by the way).

Tyee also is forfeiting to Hazen the following week (fortunately Hazen’s homecoming game was last Friday). That leaves the Highlanders with a bye.

Renton has plenty of players remaining, but will be missing several key guys and it is unclear at this point when (or if) some of them will be eligible to return. When the Indians are at full strength, they are a team that could hold their own against many teams in the playoffs — if they get there.

Let’s hear what you have to say about the incident, and the fallout.

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