Saturday's Division II football game between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State was cancelled Friday after the starting quarterback from one of the teams allegedly was assaulted.
Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson was attending an on-campus luncheon promoting the game when an altercation broke out with Virginia State players in a bathroom.
Virginia State junior running back Lamont Britt, 22, was arrested by Winston-Salem campus police and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. He was being held in the Forsyth County Jail with bond set at $7,500.
Johnson suffered a swollen eye and a laceration above the eye, according to an arrest warrant. He was treated at a local hospital and released.
"Rudy was beaten up bad and he can't play," a Winston-Salem teammate who tried to help Johnson told the Winston-Salem Journal.
No more arrests were expected, according to police.
About two hours after the alleged attack, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association cancelled the game. The two teams were set to meet Saturday for the conference championship.
Britt, who has played in all 10 games for Virginia State this season and rushed for 276 yards, is scheduled to appear in district court on Dec. 9.
"We don't know a lot of what happened, but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up," Winston-Salem chancellor Donald Reaves said, "and he didn't beat himself up."
Both teams are 9-1 and vying for a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs.