Pennsylvania star implicated in on-field helmet attack is reportedly charged with assault

Cameron Smith
Hamburg Area QB Joey Cominsky is still facing trouble from his on-field attack — NCSA

In September, Prep Rally brought you the disturbing details behind Hamburg Area (Bernville, Pa.) High senior quarterback Joey Cominsky’s violent on-field attack on an opposing lineman. The victim in that attack avoided serious injury, but we now know that Cominsky won’t escape serious charges related to the attack.

As reported by the Lebanon Daily News, an unspecified Hamburg High s tudent was issued charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct related to the case. The South Annville Police Department has withheld the name of the student athlete involved, citing his juvenile status. However, given the existing investigations against him, there’s little doubt that Cominsky is the player referred to in the charges. The Daily News also spelled out as much in its coverage of the most recent developments and referred to Cominsky by name.

Cominsky’s defense attorney, Reading-based Allan Sodomsky, also made reference to the case when he was reached by the Daily News, though he intimated that negotiations were ongoing and it was still possible that a settlement could be reached to avoid a trial for the teen.

"The district attorney and I have been in communication since this incident," Sodomsky told the Daily News. "Any potential negotiation or settlement hasn't been finalized. … [the district attorney’s office and Sodomsky are working to act] in the best interest of the juvenile charged."

The charges come after Hamburg was eliminated from the Pennsylvania District 3 football playoffs with a 35-12 loss to Bermudian Springs High (York Springs), a contest which proved to be Cominsky’s final game.

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