A fight between Enochs and Davis high school football players on Friday night forced coaches and school administrators to call the game in the second quarter.
According to Davis coach Chris Cloward and Enochs coach James Stacy, the fight started at some point between two players as Enochs was returning a punt for a touchdown.
Both coaches said they did not see how it began or neither saw any punches thrown. But soon after, two more players were wrestling and players from both sides were converging near the 20-yard-line on the south end of the field at Johansen High School.
Referees and coaches quickly separated both sides, and things quieted down after a couple of minutes. No adults got into the fray. One Davis High player was hurt, Stacy said, after he got stepped on.
Cloward said the referees, fearful that more fights would break out as the game went on, wanted to end the game immediately. Both coaches, along with administrators from both schools, decided it was in the best in interest not to continue.
Each coach broke the news to their teams, and Enochs Principal Deb Rowe announced the decision over the public address system. After a talking to from their coaches, players from each side met at midfield and shook hands. Players and fans from Davis were allowed to leave the school first followed by Enochs players and their fans.
The cancellation of a game due to a fight was a first for both coaches, who have more than 30 years of experience between them.
"I told the boys, 'This is not how we play,' " Stacy said. "It's embarrassing to me, the school and everyone."
Said Cloward: "This is embarrassing for both programs to end the season like this."
Each coach said they and school administrators would look at the film and hand out punishment accordingly.
Before the punt return, Enoch was holding a 20-0 lead. The outcome would have had no bearing on Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths with both teams entering the contest at 2-7.
Nevertheless, this wasn't the way either side wanted to end the year.
"I feel bad for the seniors," Cloward said. "It got a little emotional on the bus ride home that they didn't get to finish the right way. It leaves a blight on their high school career. Looking back, and it's still a little fresh, it was the right decision."