Basic and Canyon Springs high school football teams slapped with sanctions for brawl

LAS VEGAS - The football teams from two high schools who fought on the field to the point that police used pepper spray to break it up were sanctioned by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Tuesday.

The massive fight broke out at the end of a football game between Canyon Springs High and Basic High schools. The game was played at Basic High School. 

CCSD Police says the officer made the right choice to use pepper spray to stop the fight.  Investigators are looking to speak to victims to pursue criminal charges or other disciplinary actions.  However, so far, no one has come forward.

A decision to sanction the teams was handed down by state's governing body for high school athletics, so now both Canyon Springs High School and Basic High School will forfeit their game this week and next week.

Basic was scheduled to play Valley High while Canyon Springs would've had a meet against Silverado High.

Both Valley High and Silverado High been awarded forfeit wins. The teams are also able to play each other if they want.

The NIAA released a statement sometime Tuesday afternoon, placing the blame squarely on the adults. 

The statement reads in part: 

"Adults failed in their responsibility to enforce rules and regulations of the NIAA and the mission of the education-based activities. This was a high school football game, which is an extension of the classroom.  Regrettably, the adults by their actions fostered an environment that is not reflective of the mission of the NIAA'S member schools."

No word on suspensions surrounding players and coaches.


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