Brawl Breaks Out During High School Football Playoff Rematch

BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – A heated football rivalry turned into a hot-tempered brawl during a high school playoff football game Friday night.

It was a rematch of last year’s 3A semi-final game between Alvarado and Henderson.

“We knew it was going to be a heated ballgame,” said Jeff Dixon, Alvarado head coach and athletic director.

The teams exercised sportsmanship through most of the game and there were no personal foul penalties.

“Both sides are helping each other up, patting each other on the back,” Dixon said.

Alvarado was up 34 to 13 with a minute and a half left in the game.

“It’s the end of the ballgame, onside kick,” Dixon said. “They’re kicking toward their bench. And one of our kids recovered the ball and he’s on the ground. The opposing team is coming in and we jump in front to block. And the young man that was blocked or hit didn’t like it a whole lot and came up very violent.”

Video shows Henderson and Alvarado players who were part of the play quickly running to the altercation on the field. Henderson players on the nearby bench also jumped in.

A Henderson player pulled off his helmet and swung it at another player as a referee yelled at him to put his helmet back on. Other players shoved one another and a few threw punches.

“We didn’t probably respond the right way either and the young man who was pushed or shoved came up and did the same thing,” Dixon said.

Alvarado’s athletic director said he reviewed all the footage of the incident he could get his hands on Saturday and contacted the UIL and the officiating crew from Abilene that called the game.

“We’ve investigated. We’ve addressed it with our kids,” Dixon said.

Henderson ISD released a statement reading:

“Its unfortunate that the Alvarado/Henderson game ended on a negative note with two players (one from each school) being ejected following a fight on the field. Henderson ISD regards good sportsmanship as a high priority and will continue to work diligently to ensure that it remains a priority in all facets of school life in our district.”

Neither school district is allowed to reveal disciplinary actions involving students, but both say this is an unhappy ending they do not want to see again.

“We’re ready to put it behind us and not dwell on the negative because there are way too many good things taking place here in Alvarado,” Dixon said.

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  1. East Texas Fan says:

    Where is the part showing an Alvarado player dragging a Henderson player by the face mask? Hmmmm guess that was edited out…….Go Chapel Hill!!!

    1. sdeath says:

      Looks like someone is a bad sport!!!

      1. ALVARADO INDIAN FAN says:

        I AGREE!

      2. East Texas Fan says:

        Not a bad sport. Just feel the report was a bit biased.

      3. East Texas Football is AWSOME says:

        sdeath, well as you know now your alvarado indians does not have what it takes to win a state championship. By the way Henderson Lions beat Chapel Hill Last year, about that heartbreaking loss. Henderson fans got the last laugh, who is the loser now. Congrats on your effort that was not successful and the alvarado indians play dirty and look where it got you nowhere, HA HA East Texas still state champions and purple does not reign, maybe you need to do some more practicing. Good luck next year.

      4. East Texas Fan says:

        How bout them Bulldogs?

  2. Henderson Fan says:

    This report is very ONE sided!!!! I noticed that you did not show the part of the video were the Alvarado Football players are dragging the Henderson players by the facemask!!! You could have at least been fair and interviewed the Henderson Coaches and or fans! There are 2 sides to the story! Anyway, I use to live in Dallas & enjoy your reports ….until now! All I have to say is GO CHAPEL HILL BULLDOGS….BEAT ALVARADO!!! WIN STATE!!!

  3. Jimmer says:

    That is a long drive to Henderson from Dallas and Henderson did send a statement. Coach Dixon and Coach Meeks are both class acts and wish this never would have happened. Coach Dixon even state that the Indians were not innocent in what happened …
    “We didn’t probably respond the right way either and the young man who was pushed or shoved came up and did the same thing,” Dixon said.

  4. Dallas Resident says:

    Wow this is pretty bad reporting. You would think that CBS11 would try to cover both sides of the story equally. Guess not though. I was at the game and there is definitely more to this story than what this reports states. Pretty sure I seen an Alvarado player dragging a Henderson player by the face mask. Wheres that stated in this report? If your going to write a report be sure to cover the full story! Hopefully Chapel Hill will come out victorious over Alvarado in the State game.

  5. JENNIFER says:

    Wow! you people think its ok to remove a helmet and start swingin it at people? And Dallas resident….you are pretty sure?, that you saw alvarado players dragging a Henderson player by the facemask? I would make sure you were positive you saw that before you state that complaining! Its to bad that Henderson was such poor losers….watch as Purple and Gold take it to State baby! GO ALVARADO, YOU BOYS DESERVE IT!!!

    1. East Texas Fan says:

      But they didn’t get it.

  6. Henderson Fan says:

    Yes, I am from Henderson and yes I did “Have a dog in the fight” so to speak and yes the lions should not have lowered themselves to the classless level of some of Alvarado’s players. The fight should have never happened. That being said i was at the game and I watched a recording of the replay on TXA21 the next day. Alvarado threw the first punch, Alvarado was dragging a player by the face mask across the field, and Alvarado did come to our sideline after the fight and try to “egg on” our players and fans. I played high school football and your team becomes your family and when someone messes with your family you don’t stand aside and watch you defend them and i believe that is what Henderson was doing. On another note KTVT shame on you for showing half of the coverage if you’re going to report it REPORT IT ALL. Henderson has shown class all season leave it up to a dirty playing team to bring out the worst. GO BULLDOGS!! and keep one eye on ’em they play cheap.

  7. East Texas Fan says:

    Jennifer, the dragging did happen and it was VERY evident. Maybe they could have shown that on the clip and highlighted that player. I guess that would have taken too much effort. This report was so one-sided. GO CHAPEL HILL….yOU BOYS DESERVE IT MORE!!!!!!!!!!

  8. hhsfan says:

    i saw thw person being dragged and im in the band of hhs so i feel alvarado played dirty go bulldogs.

  9. metroplexhhsfan says:

    “The teams exercised sportsmanship through most of the game and there were no personal foul penalties”- There is a reason for this… the referees were not calling ANYTHING! Had they called more players for cheap shots and late hits earlier in the game it may not have escalated the way it did. I’m not condoning the fighting from either side but I agree with most of the people here, if you are going to cover the story give the WHOLE STORY and don’t be so one sided- it was a fault by BOTH sides. And don’t forget that the Alvarado fans gave their boys a STANDING OVATION as they came back from fighting- missed that little fact on the news feed too….real classy.

  10. alvarado fann says:

    hahah you henderson folks are killin me fight or no fight, do u guys still believe u had a chance at winning lol:)

    1. AMAZED says:

      who won state championship last year?

    2. LION Fan says:

      uhh we won state last year and the only reason yall won is because yall cheated the referres didnt call anything on yall but they should have thousands of times!!! Oh and way to make a fool out of yourself by putting that we didnt have a chance because umm who was the team that beat yall last year umm i believe that was us!!!

      -Lions are the BEST no matter what!!

    3. East Texas Fan says:

      20-19…nuff said

  11. Henderson Fan says:

    alvarado fann

    “hahah you henderson folks are killin me fight or no fight, do u guys still believe u had a chance at winning lol:)”

    This just shows how ignorant and immature you are because none of this discussion had anything to do with us winning or losing

    1. henderson fan says:

      Besides the fight the only reason the alvarado indians are going to state is for our Injured Quarterback. Chapel Hill’s quarterback in healthy and he give you a dose of how east texas football is played and the comment on ignorant and immature you need to look in the mirror. Congrats to the indians because your fate will be sealed friday night by Chapel Hill Athelictism overcomes the so called WE BELIEVE. .

  12. WOW says:

    Get real people, regardless of if he was “dragging” as you claim, what happened to 2 wrongs don’t make a right. There was a scrum, and it went t the next level. I was there, and it was obvious that Henderson was a bit frustrated. And I also seen the replay as well, and watched this video where Bench players got involved, because this was on the Henderson sideline of course. I seen numerous Players from Henderson basically attacking the Alvarado player who’s helmet came off during the scrum. Then a player take off his helmet and use it as a weapon. Really, you can attempt to justify it all you want by blaming the Reporting or whatever, but Henderson was out of line.

    1. ALVARADO INDIAN FAN says:

      that was exactly what happened…replay the tapes and watch. it is so obvious…and now that it was brought out…henderson wants to put the blame on alvarado for their childish acts. just an example of poor sportsmanship.

  13. East Texas Fan says:

    So I assume if the scrum had happened on the Alvarado sideline the players would have sat there like choir boys…..yeah right.

  14. Henderson lion fan says:

    “I want to get the ‘W’ and keep everybody safe,” Onderdonck said. “Just go out there and play smash-mouth football. Everybody just make plays and we’ll be fine. As long as we have a higher score than they do when the clock hits zero, it doesn’t matter to me how we won. That’s a Cinderella story for me.”

    HMMMMM…sounds to me like you wanted the vistory to yourself
    can i say immature Onderdonck??.. “it doesnt matter how we win’… im pretty sure it does!

  15. ALVARADO INDIAN FAN says:

    WOW…you henderson people are amazing….talk about poor losers! now, you want to respond and comment on onderdonck? its over for yall, so MAN up or shut up! very sad you have to resort to trash talking now….even after yalls childesh brawl at the game! grow up! GOOOOO ALVARADO, show em how football is played!

    1. East Texas Fan says:

      SMH…

    2. Henderson lion fan says:

      i think you should man up instead of crying cause yall lost!! so…….we are not the sore losers you are !

  16. East Texas Fan says:

    Never have I resorted to trash talk. I merely stated that if they were going to a segment on the “scrum” don’t just give one side’s story.

  17. East Texas Fan says:

    BTW I wouldn’t stoop to your level.

  18. Chris Bowens says:

    feels real good to finally have a chance to win at SOMETHING, ANYTHING. Kinda makes peoples mouths and fingers very loose. Lets just remember that you alvarado guys havent won a championship in ANYTHING since Jesus said let there be light. If it was me I would stop dwelling on last year, be happy with the little win and go and TRY to beat Chapel Hill. IJS.

    1. East Texas Fan says:

      AMEN!

  19. Henderson Fan says:

    I LOVE HOW THIS THREAD WENT FROM HENDERSON FANS MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT A POOR REPORTING JOB TO ALVARADO THINKING THAT SOMEONE WAS TALKING TO THEM. THIS WASN’T ABOUT ALVARADO IT WAS ABOUT KTVT. WE SEE WHO HAS AN EGO. AND ALL THIS TALK ABOUT THE “PURPLE AND GOLD” YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER BUT WE HAVE A TROPHY IN THE CASE ALREADY, YA YALL BEAT US THIS YEAR BUT BIG TALK FOR A TEAM THAT DOESN’T HAVE STATE TITLE.

    1. AMAZED says:

      well said Henderson fan.. seems that someone might be feeling a bit guilty

    2. Ace of Alvarado says:

      Well we will THIS year, Jerks!!!

      One Ring to rule them all,
      One Ring to find them,
      One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

  20. AMAZED says:

    GO CHAPEL HILL!!!!!!

  21. Henderson Fan says:

    WHY WOULD I FEEL GUILTY? I WAS SIMPLY SAYING THAT ALVARADO STUCK THERE EGO INTO BUSINESS THAT WASN’T THEIRS. I AGREE THAT BOTH TEAMS WERE IN THE WRONG AS I STATED BEFORE BUT THE REPORTING WAS ONE SIDED. AND I AGREE GO BULLDOGS BRING IT BACK TO EAST TEXAS

    1. AMAZED says:

      no.no..no i was talking about Alvarado feeling guilty…sorry for the confusion.

  22. East Texas Fan says:

    GO CHAPEL HILL BULLDOGS!!!!!!

  23. Henderson Fan says:

    WooHoo….Way to go CHAPEL HILL BULLDOGS…STATE CHAMPS!!!!! ALL of HENDERSON was cheering for ya!!! GO HOME ALVARADO!!!

    1. East Texas Fan says:

      What a game that was!!!! Congratulations Chapel Hill!!!!

  24. East Texas Fan says:

    CHAPEL HILL BULLDOGS are 3-A STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!! Better luck next year Alvarado!!!! Maybe you can get a trophy in another sport…just sayin!

  25. East Texas Fan says:

    Oh btw “AMAZED” sends their regards to Alvarado…..so sorry

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