KHSAA cracking down on fighting during games

In the first football game of the season, Paris High School ended a 22 game loosing streak, and coach JJ Everage says they did so with an 18 man roster.

The win for the program, came with three loses for the team. During the game, Everage says a fight broke out with members of the Paris team and Jackson County. The result was three Paris players were suspended.

If the fight would have happened last year, the players would only be suspended for the next game. A new rule this year from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association increased the suspension from one game to two games.

Everage says the rule works in principle and he does think some disciplinary action was warranted but says a two game suspension in football is different than in other sports.

"In football," says Everage, "two games is 20 percent of the season."

Brandon Salsman, the basketball coach for Lexington Catholic High School says he supports the new rule, "We are role models for these kids."

According to the KHSAA, 4,500 student athletes have been ejected from a Kentucky High school sporting event in past seven years.

KHSAA says this rule will hopefully bring those numbers down.

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