|Brawl erupts at football playoff
Four different law enforcement agencies responded to a massive melee Saturday afternoon at a semi-pro football playoff game at Rancho Cotate High in Rohnert Park.
The playoff game between the North Bay Rattlers and the California Scorpions of Sacramento had been stopped because of some behavioral issues on the part of the Scorpions, who were on the wrong end of a 55-0 score. This was a championship game of the American Conference of the West Coast Football Association.
Officers from the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety initially responded to the call from dispatch at around 3:43 p.m., and they advised there were approximately 100 people in the parking lot as the brouhaha ensued. Because of the size of the group fighting, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Sonoma State Police and the Cotati Police Dept. provided assistance.
Once some semblance of order was restored, authorities determined there were 40 participants in the fight. The remainder of the crowd was trying to leave the area after participating in a girls’ softball tournament on the fields near the stadium.
According to a report by the RPDPS, there were fights on the field during the game and the tensions spilled into the parking lot, where members of both teams resumed fighting. Three players suffered minor injuries, while three vehicles were damaged in the brawl.
No arrests were made at the time of the scuffle, but a battery complaint will be sent to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office for review and possible prosecution.
Saturday, the Rattlers will play in the league championship game, and police presence will be requested because the Scorpions will be present, even though they are playing a different team.