Nine Soddy Daisy High School football players will have to sit out Friday night's game at Warren County because of their involvement in a fight during the home contest against McMinn County last Friday night.
The scuffle broke out shortly before halftime at the end of a punt play.
Five McMinn players and two Soddy Daisy players were ejected from the game.
Soddy Daisy Principal John Maynard said, "It was not something that you like to see happen - even though it's something you see every third or fourth play in the pros.
You can't do it in high school though."
He said there was some jawing and pushing between players near the McMinn bench around the 15-yard-line. Some players came off the bench and joined in the fray that involved some grabbing and tackling. It all came as the band was starting to take the field.
Principal Maynard said both schools and the TSSAA reviewed the film of the scuffle on Monday. He said it was hard to tell from the video who started it.
He said, "The referees did a good job getting it in control and so did the coaches."