A meeting will happen next week, possibly Wednesday, to discuss Friday's brawl at the South Side-Indianapolis Tech football game.
IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox confirmed a discovery meeting will take place at the organization's Indianapolis headquarters with officials from both schools regarding the melee that halted the game at Tech with1:41left in the third and the host team leading 24-6.
"We will come to some determination on what to do about this unfortunate event," Cox said by phone Saturday.
"That's one thing we talk to our membership about is not waking up on Saturday and seeing something like this on CNN, and that's just what I saw," he said. "It is unfortunate that it occurred, but until we talk with the administration from both sides, it is inappropriate to comment any further."
Footage from Indianapolis' WISH-TV showed a Tech player being tackled well out of bounds by a South Side player, drawing a late-hit penalty but also setting off a brief, but intense fight between the two teams.
Two coaches – one from each team – are seen in the TV footage throwing punches at one another.
"We are disappointed with the turn of events at Friday's football game, and we expect all involved in high school athletics – both our teams and those we play – to demonstrate good sportsmanship," Fort Wayne Community Schools official statement read. "We will conduct our own investigation into what took place as well as cooperate with the IHSAA investigation."
South Side principal Carlton Mable and athletic director Tim Burton said "no comment" while football coach Eddie Fields was unavailable for comment.
Penalty flags were thrown, fans came out of the stands onto the field and law enforcement officers were brought in, and the determination was made to stop the game.
"We separated some of the kids and then turned around and saw the (South Side) team making a beeline to our bench," Tech coach Emil Ekiyor told the Indianapolis Star.
Ekiyor told the newspaper the Tech coach involved in the fight is a volunteer coach who has been suspended for the remainder of the season.
Ekiyor wouldn't name the coach, but said the Tech coach is considering filing charges against the South Side coach who punched him.
"The fact of the matter is that he did throw a punch," Ekiyor said of the Tech volunteer. "That's not excusable at all, which is why we felt like we needed to suspend him the rest of the year. We have to set an example that kids need to understand their actions have consequences."
If the outcome is ruled as official, South Side would drop to 2-4 and Tech would improve to 4-2.