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South Side football coach resigns

FORT WAYNE -- A third SAC football coach is stepping down.

South Side athletic director Tim Burton confirmed Friday that Eddie Fields has resigned after three years as Archers football coach.

Recently, Northrop’s Tim Martone and Wayne’s Robert Brown also resigned.

Burton cited Fields’ desire “to spend more time with his family and maybe relocate out of state.”

Fields was 10-21 at South Side.

The Archers were 3-7 this past season and were involved in an altercation in the third quarter of a road game against Indianapolis Tech on Sept. 27 in which the game was stopped in the third quarter.

The play occurred after a tackle near the Tech sideline and involved several players and coaches from both schools.

Eventually, the two schools were each put on probation and both head coaches (Fields and Tech’s Emil Ekiyor) were suspended one game.

Ekiyor also recently resigned.

Also for both teams, an assistant coach was suspended the rest of the year and players were also suspended one game, nine for Tech and two for South Side.

The game was counted as a double forfeit, with both teams getting a loss.

In other coaching news, Fremont’s Nick Maksimchuk has submitted his resignation, according to athletic director Roger Probst.

Probst said the resignation will be considered at Monday’s school board meeting.

Maksimchuk was 16-46 in six years at Fremont.

Fields and Maksimchuk were both unavailable for comment.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.