COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - The Collier County School District is investigating a fight at a high school football game. It happened Friday night after the Immokalee Indians and Naples Golden Eagles faced off.
Monday, the Indians practice was closed to everyone, including the media. Friday nights matchup is one of the biggest rivalries in the area. Naples won the game 55-29, but it's what happened after the game among Immokalee's own players, coaches and fans that is getting all the attention.
"One of the fans was harassing the coaches and players during the game and towards the end of the football game, one of the coaches jumped over the fence and the players rushed over to help him," says Brenton Duncan, a student at Immokalee High School. "It was a pretty bad night. It was a mistake a lot of us would like to just get past."
The Collier County School District released the following statement Monday: "the district takes what has happened very seriously. As a result, we are now gathering information and will be thoroughly investigating the matter. Thus, until the investigation is concluded we will not be able to comment further. In the meantime, football practice at Immokalee High School is closed to everyone including the media."
The Indians headed into this season with high hopes of a trip to state. Now, fans are hoping this mid season slip up doesn't distract the team from that goal.
"It really doesn't show what Immokalee is all about. Not everyone in Immokalee is like that. It's just one fan, everybody was out there to support the team. Even though we lost, it doesn't have to come to that," says Duncan.
Immokalee plays Palmetto Ridge in its next game Friday night.