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After the Timon-St. Joe's brawl: Schools, league remain quiet

While Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has accepted Chad Kelly’s apology for his poor decision to run onto the field during last Friday’s brawl between Kelly’s alma mater St. Joe’s and Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Fitzpatrick Field on Tifft Street, it’s unlikely either of the brawl participants will be saying I’m sorry to each other anytime soon.

If either did (or wanted to), it’d have to be under the radar since St. Joe’s, the league and, for the most part, Timon, have declined to answer follow-up questions regarding the incident, which led to the police suspending the Timon-St. Joe’s football game with 6 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

St. Joe’s had a statement posted at its website Monday night under its news and announcements section of its home page that had been removed as of Tuesday morning.

St. Joe's athletic director Pete Schneider confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the message serves as the school's official statement regarding the brawl.

The statement reads:

"At St. Joe's, we expect our young men and coaches to hold themselves to the highest standards in the community and on the athletic field, regardless of the circumstances. We are reviewing the unfortunate incident that occurred last evening during the Varsity football game at Timon-St. Jude, and looking forward to the review by the Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association, to determine what action, if any, the school will take in response to what occurred."

When asked if there has been any disciplinary action by the Monsignor Martin Association or the diocese as of Tuesday afternoon, Timon coach and athletic director Charlie Comerford replied “no” via text but didn't reply to a follow-up question.

St. Joe’s coach Derek Landri declined to answer questions regarding this week’s huge rivalry game against state and News No. 1 Canisius at 1 p.m. Saturday at Robert T. Scott Complex -- let alone any follow-ups regarding the brawl.

While Monsignor Martin Executive Director Brian Kiszewski said Saturday no action would be taken until the game report has been reviewed, usually officials submit their reports to a private website Sunday or Monday. Kiszewski declined comment Tuesday.

Western New York head of officials Dan Finucane said game reports are confidential. If the media is to receive a copy, it'd have to be released by the league.

Video reports from the game show that a hit near the Timon sideline on Marauders quarterback Casey Kelly, the younger brother of Ole Miss quarterback Chad, caused tempers between the teams to flare up to the point where a fight between the teams erupted with the younger Kelly appearing to be trapped on the ground. Players from both teams exchanged punches with each other. Chad Kelly ran onto the field and had to be restrained; he later expressed regret over his actions.

Timon has a road game Saturday against Aquinas in Rochester.

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