A Thursday night football game between East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) and Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) didn't make it to halftime after a bench-clearing brawl derailed the contest.
The fight began toward the end of the second quarter with EMCC winning 48-0. Video captured at the game shows players from each team throwing punches and trash cans at each other as coaches and referees attempt to break up the skirmish.
Scott Walters of the The Commercial Dispatch was at the game providing live updates of the fight:
After a meeting between coaches, athletic directors, referees and local law enforcement, the game was called by officials due to "violent ejections," reported Walters.
EMCC coach Buddy Stephens, who was suspended for two games in September over an on-field altercation with a referee, claims that tensions began pregame when a team manager needed stitches after an attack from an MDCC player, according to Walters.
EMCC is scheduled to host a first-round playoff game on Oct. 31, but as Walters noted, the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) may rule to void the blowout first-half game as an official contest. If suspensions for EMCC players are levied, they may have trouble fielding a complete squad for their next game.
UPDATE: (4:30 p.m.) MACJC commissioner Jim Southward has declared EMCC ineligible for the playoffs following Thursday night's fight. See his full statement below:
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