An on-field brawl between Landry-Walker and Miller-McCoy Academy ended Friday night’s nondistrict game during the final seconds of the second quarter at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Officers on site from the New Orleans Police Department and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as coaches from both schools, struggled to maintain, then regain control as players from both sidelines rushed the field. The fight lasted more than 20 seconds.
An NOPD spokesman reported no arrests at the game. Both schools may face discipline from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Landry-Walker coach Emmanuel Powell said he believed officials gave his team a victory, despite an early stoppage. At the time, the Buccaneers led 41-0.
“Emotions got hot,” Powell said. “A couple of their kids hit our kids, and it went back and forth. A few more of their kids ran out (from the sideline) and before you know it, their bench cleared and it became a really, really ... not very tasteful. You hate to see that happen.”
Miller-McCoy coach Jeremiah Scott was unable to speak to a reporter after the game and later declined comment via text message.
Lions coaches were spotted on the field during the initial fight between the 22 players involved in the game’s last play, warning teammates on the sideline not to run on the field. After several seconds, the Lions sideline rushed the field.
Before the fight, Miller-McCoy reached the Buccaneers 2. It marked the offense’s best scoring opportunity of the first half — and one of its few. But quarterback Melvin Johnson fumbled on third down, and Landry-Walker recovered, leading to an emotional moment for both teams.
“I asked Coach Scott if he wanted to continue, and he didn’t want to continue either,” Powell said. “You hate to see this in high school football, especially when the game is midway through. There’s something to be learned on both sides.”
Miller-McCoy opened the game with a big passing play from Johnson, which allowed him to find receiver Travis Dailet downfield, where he caught an underthrown but wide-open pass to the Buccaneers 15.
Landry-Walker’s defense then stopped Miller-McCoy rushers for consecutive losses and forced back-to-back incompletions to keep the Lions off the scoreboard. And while Landry-Walker’s offense started slow for the second time in as many weeks, once it started moving, Miller-McCoy was in no position to get in the way.
Tevin Bush scored first for Landry-Walker on a 22-yard run as time expired in the first quarter. The Buccaneers scored five times in the second, including twice on special teams: a blocked kick and fumble recovery in the end zone by Marquis Green and a 50-yard punt return by Romalas Walker.
Next week, Landry-Walker is scheduled to play Hahnville. Miller-McCoy is set to play Helen Cox.