LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent David Cox has released a statement regarding the post-game fight in the 3A Championship football game against Central. Central won the game 20-19.
A player from Central began taunting Corbin fans when he was punched by a Corbin player. For the next minute, players on both teams threw punches and players on the ground were kicked.
Cox called the game "incredible" and highlighted how the rivalry has become one of the best in Kentucky, but he expressed disappointment in the actions of those involved.
"Unfortunately, the incident that occurred during the post-game activities on Friday night has overshadowed the game," Cox said in a statement.
"We have reviewed video, spoken to players, coaches, and administration from Louisville Central. The initial sentiment is the same; we are all very displeased that this happened and that both sides share responsibility. It is unfortunate that this took away from the tremendous efforts of so many student-athletes."
Cox did not announce any punishments in his Monday statement, but he did say the district is looking to prevent further incidents.
"We want to be clear that we do not condone the way some of our players reacted and have taken steps to prevent this type of behavior in the future. We want to ensure that our athletics reflect mutual respect and emphasize positive values," Cox said.
Corbin has fallen short of the state title in back-to-back years. The team lost to Boyle County in 2017. This was Central's first championship since 2012.