Two of Baltimore’s top high school football teams will not be allowed to participate in the postseason after fights broke out after their game Friday night.
Baltimore City College (Med.) and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Maryland) share one of the most intense rivalries in the nation, and in this case it continued past the final whistle at neutral site Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University.
According to Tim Tuten at WBALTV, the incidents started from the 30-yard line after City celebrated their 24-16 victory and involved players and spectators alike.
District athletic director Tiffany Byrd explained the decision in a letter to both schools.
“In accordance with (Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association) rules and Baltimore City Public Schools athletic guidelines, when a team is involved in a fight, it is automatically suspended for the next game. For both of our teams, this means they will not be making the state playoffs. We wanted to get this communication out as quickly as possible as state playoff brackets are being announced today. While the forfeiture of the playoff game is final, there may be further ramifications as we continue to review available information…”
Bird also noted that this is not the first time these two teams have had such an incident.
City ends its season with a 6-3 record and Poly with a 7-2 record.