Coach Moons Crowd after NYC H.S. Game Ends in Forfeit
The impetus starting the melee was a controversial call in the final minutes of the division championship battle in Cambria Heights between Campus Magnet and Boys and Girls High School.
With minutes remaining in the game, Campus Magnet scored a touchdown that extended their lead to 14-6. On the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt, running back Raewshawn Lewis of Campus Magnet was apparently stripped of the ball as he crossed the goal line. The Boys and Girls High School coaches claimed he fumbled the ball before crossing the plane of the goal line. After the referees gathered for quite a while -- causing a long delay in play -- they finally ruled that Lewis did in fact break the plane, and awarded the two points to Campus Magnet.
This is when all hell broke loose and the coaches of the Boys and Girls football team went ballistic.
They charged onto the field in a raging manner to argue the call with game officials. The coaches of the Boys and Girls team started cussing wildly at the referees, forcing school safety officers to step in. The coaches then got into a heated shoving match with the safety officers before the game was called with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter due to unsportsmanlike conduct on the Boys and Girls side, giving Campus Magnet the premature 16-6 victory.
Fans from Campus Magnet side continued to heckle the Boys and Girls coaches after the call, according to witnesses at the game.
That is when the Boys and Girls assistant coach pulled his pants down and distastefully revealed his rear end to the Campus Magnet crowd.
The Daily News piece also noted that, "A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said Boys and Girls Principal Bernard Gassaway vowed to fire the shameless assistant."
PSAL Commissioner Alan Arbuse noted that the league will review the game's actions to determine proper implications stemming from the incident.
The high-school players seemed to act like the adults during Saturday's game; while the adult coaches acted like children during the waning moments of the game.
In the Daily News article, Arbuse praised players on both sides. "Both benches, especially the Boys and Girls kids, acted like gentlemen."