WILSON — Two North Carolina high school football teams could be disqualified from the upcoming state playoffs after a postgame fight turned so violent that sheriff's deputies used pepper spray to end it.
News reports say at least 10 players were involved in the brawl following Ralph Fike High School's 28-0 victory Thursday on James Hunt High School's home field. The fracas broke out as players from the crosstown Wilson rivals were shaking hands.
Wilson County Schools spokeswoman Amber Lynch says sheriff's deputies stepped in after coaches and administrators tried to break up the fight. She says deputies gave several warnings that they were going to use pepper spray before unleashing the choking chemical.
The fight was at least the third in a week involving North Carolina high school football teams.