One of the nation's top recruits suffered a scary attack on Friday when Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton High star linebacker E.J. Levenberry was punched in the jaw by a man who Eric Levenberry, the player's father, claims was a parent of a player for Hylton's opponent, Potomac (Va.) High.
According to the Washington Post, E.J. Levenberry and his Hylton teammates were gathering on the field after their 19-7 victory against Potomac when an adult ran onto the field and began pushing Hylton players. Once he reached Levenberry, he allegedly punched the teenager in the jaw, with the linebacker then reciprocating in what his father termed self defense.
"When the game was over, this parent was on the field and he's looking for somebody and who he is looking for is clearly E.J.," Eric Levenberry told the Post. "He comes up to E.J. and punches E.J. in the jaw. A grown man clocked my 16-year-old son in the jaw. My son hit him back in self-defense."
Once Levenberry had been attacked, a full blown brawl between the schools ensued for several minutes, requiring officials to disentangle the two teams and get them safely back to the respective locker rooms and, eventually, get Hylton on buses bound for the Woodbridge school.
While no criminal charges have been filed, a Prince William County police spokesman said the incident is being investigated. It's also possible that multiple players from each team who were involved in the subsequent fracas could be disciplined for their roles in the brawl.
Incredibly, this isn't even the first major incident to unfold between the two Prince William County schools in 2011. On Jan. 7, a boys basketball game between the schools was suspended because a massive fight broke out near a concession stand at the Hylton gym. The game was eventually finished, but not before a break of nearly three weeks.
Now the elder Levenberry wants to be sure that his son's safety is adequately maintained after watching a grown man attack him on the field.
"I believe the authorities in Prince William County will deal with this situation appropriately," Eric Levenberry said. "What is paramount to me as a parent is the safety of my son."
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