Yet More Sad Agriculture-Related Football Violence

I don’t know what it was like when you went to agricultural high school, but when I attended, it was all about the agriculture. None of this all-out, bench-clearing brawling at football games. I mean, really. Is that any way for future farmers and plant health researchers to act?

The Mississippi High Schools Activity Association is investigating a benches-clearing brawl that occurred on Saturday between Coahoma Agricultural High School and arch-rival Coahoma County High School during a homecoming game. Buy all accounts it was a real barn-burner.


There were no arrests reported despite several players being injured. One Coahoma County player was taken to Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center after being hit in the head with a helmet He was treated and released.

“This was an unfortunate situation,” said Coahoma County High School coach Greg Redd, whose team was ahead 54-0 when the fighting began with 4:46 remaining in the game. “That’s really the only way to describe what happened.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here, there is nothing quite like a high school football brawl. I once witnessed one in which the wife of a supervising teacher waded into the midst of a battling group of players at midfield, while holding her 11-month-old baby in one arm. Nothing like ‘em.

Dr. I.D. Thompson, principal of CAHS and James Bryant, principal of CCHS, plan on getting players from both teams, along with county leaders, to discuss the incident in an open forum.

“We have to stop it here,” Bryant said. “In some cases, you had family members out there fighting one another. That’s not right. All of these kids grew up with each other. They all live in the same community. We have to live together and do what we can to prevent something like that from happening on the streets. We don’t need any more violence.”

No word yet on sanctions, if any. CAHS, by the way, has only 291 students — just more than 50 percent of those male.