With 7-on-7 tournaments and informal scrimmages forming the basis for more and more teams' summer training, teams which traditionally haven't met up until the middle of the season are suddenly thrown into tense situations. Occasionally, those competitive moments can boil over.
That was never more apparent than during a 7-on-7 scrimmage Thursday, when two Louisiana teams from the Baton Rouge area became embroiled in an enormous brawl that included all the players on the field … and plenty that joined in from the sidelines.
According to Baton Rouge-area CBS affiliate WAFB, the 7-on-7 scrimmage between Plaquemine (La.) High and Baton Rouge (La.) High was held at Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist School, providing a neutral field for the informal faceoff.
Unfortunately, the neutral venue couldn't help dissipate tension between the Panthers and Green Devils, with overly physical contact starting on the opening drive and culminating in an argument between two players a few series later.
That argument set off the fight, which began with two players pushing and shoving, and expanded into a brawl during which punches were thrown by numbers of members of both teams, and a handful of players had their helmets ripped off.
The game was called off after the fight, with both teams heading back to their home schools. Unfortunately, they couldn't avoid showcasing the darker side of 7-on-7 before doing so.