Two youth football teams in the Houston area are banned from the playoffs after some coaches ended up in a brawl.
The Sept. 18 fight during a game between two Pearland pee wee teams, the Hurricanes and the Patriots, was captured on videotape by a parent in the stands.
The board of the Bay Area Football League on Wednesday night declined to reverse a decision to ban both squads from the playoffs. Several coaches also have been banned from further involvement with the teams.
The video shows two youngsters on the field apparently scuffling after a play, then coaching staffers are seen chasing and struggling with each other on the sidelines.
One of the coaches, Nelson Croasdaile, told KHOU-TV that the video doesn't tell the entire story.
“I was just trying to protect my son,” he said.
Croasdaile said, just prior to the brawl, his son, who plays for the Hurricanes, was involved in a small altercation with a player for the Patriots. He said that’s when one of the Patriots coaches lifted his son into the air and tossed him about four or five yards.
“That was uncalled for and I just charged,” Croasdaile said.