Fights force cancellation of high school football game

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Several fights forced the cancellation of the high school football game between Garfield Heights and Collinwood Friday evening.

Parents and students tell WKYC several fights broke out in the stands and on the field during the third quarter of the game. Police were called in and canceled the remainder of the game.

Police say one person was taken to the hospital for injuries related to one of the fights. Their condition is unknown.

At least three people have been arrested, according to police on scene.

A player injured earlier in the game was also taken to the hospital, unrelated to the fights.

Both teams will receive a loss for tonight's incomplete game.

The Garfield Heights City Schools posted the following message on their website, shortly after the cancellation:

"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. "


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