16 players get 2-game suspensions for Valley-Yough fight

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10:23 PM

A second-half brawl last week looks like it will cost 16 players the rest of the football season.

Nine players from Valley and seven from Yough will serve a two-game suspension for their involvement in a fight Friday night at Valley Memorial Stadium.

PIAA rules say players who get ejected must sit one game or two, depending on the officials’ discretion. After reviewing game video, PIAA officials levied two-game suspensions for all 16 players.

The WPIAL will meet with the schools Nov. 1 to review the situation.

Both teams have two games left.

Yough (0-8, 0-4) hosts Brownsville (0-6, 0-4) on Friday in a 3A Interstate Conference game, and Valley (2-6, 1-3) hosts East Allegheny (3-5, 2-3) in an Allegheny Seven matchup.

Valley plays at rival Burrell (1-7, 1-3) in the regular-season finale.

The teams can appeal the suspensions, but unless Yough and Valley play an extra game, those players’ season is over.

The fight began after a Valley player took exception to what he considered to be a late hit.

The game was called early in the second half with Valley leading 23-6. Yough officially forfeited to the Vikings.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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