GHSA rules Savannah High, Cross Creek must both forfeit games after fight

Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 3:32 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 6:35 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Both Savannah High and Cross Creek must forfeit a game each after a football game was ended early due to a fight.

The Georgia High School Association ruled that both schools will forfeit and record a loss in the teams’ upcoming game.

The contest between Savannah High and Cross Creek was ended early after a fight started between two opposing players during the game on Friday, Sept. 15.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System said coaches tried to break up the fight when a Savannah High coach was injured after being hit with a helmet. There were other minor injuries reported as well.

Savannah High will also have to pay a $1500 fine for violating the rules of the Georgia High School Association. The school has been put on a severe warning status. which is probation for one year starting Tuesday.

During that time, the team will be closely monitored.

They can’t engage in any other inappropriate activity or they’ll face additional sanctions. Superintendent Dr. Denise Watts said in a press conference Wednesday.

“After all the dust settles, we want to get both teams together for a restorative conversation. We’re not going to sanction and compliance our way to better sportsmanship. Our kids have to be reflective in that process. They have to own their behaviors.”

School leaders say that meeting will happen via Zoom.

The district is also requiring Savannah High players and coaches to complete the National Federation of High School Athletics sportsmanship course.