Officials were forced to end Saturday’s matchup between the Kentucky Warriors and the Kings Comets (2-2) with 2:32 remaining in the fourth quarter after a fight broke out between the teams. The Warriors (4-0), who were leading 35-20 at the time of the scuffle, were awarded the victory.
After a Comet interception late in the game, the two teams grouped together near midfield and a few players began shoving each other. But before the situation got out of hand, officials declared the game over. A few Comet players continued to taunt Warrior players well after the game had been called, and tensions remained high as players shook hands and Warrior fans booed loudly.
Police were called to the stadium for precautionary measures, and it appears no arrests were made. No one was injured in the altercation.
The fight followed a scuffle earlier in the quarter in which Warrior lineman Chad Bennett was thrown out of the game. Kentucky head coach Jamie Rice said the Comets had been taunting the Warriors throughout the game
“We’ve played [the Comets] quite a few times,” he said. “That’s just kind of how they do things.”
As for the action on the field, quarterback Jon Schweickart led the way for the Warriors. After running a two-quarterback system with Justin Lunsford for the first three games of the season, Rice stuck with Schweickart, and it paid off. The second-year quarterback was 9-16 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 104 rushing yards on eight attempts.
“He was on fire,” Rice said. “We just kept scoring every series. No reason to mess with that at all.”
“It wasn’t anything Justin had done wrong…Jonathon just stepped up and played really, really well.”
Trailing 12-7 early in the second quarter, the Warriors took a huge gamble on Schweickart when they decided to go for it on fourth-and-18 from the 28 yard line. However, Schweickart was able to find Michael Weber open in the end zone for the Warriors’ second touchdown of the day.
The next possession, the Warriors again turned a fourth-and-long into a score, this time when Schweickart found David Mallory from 31 yards out.
“We have a lot of faith in our defense. Those guys are incredible,” Rice said of his aggressive decision-making. “We like to gamble a little bit.”
Running back Jontez Jones, who already scored on a 4-yard pass from Schweickart in the first quarter, would add two touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Jones would finish with 42 yards on 17 rushes.
After allowing two quick touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game, the Warrior defense began to catch on to the Comets’ spread, option-style offense. They wouldn’t allow another offensive touchdown for the rest of the contest, and wold force six Comet turnovers.
“[Defensive coordinator Brian Wroten] made some slight personal adjustments, and we just started executing better,” Rice said.
Defensive back Nate Fanin led the way defensively for the Warriors, recording five tackles and an interception. Jon Hairston also recorded five total tackles. Mason Jordan and Chance Freeman also picked off passes for the Warriors.
The Warriors will take an undefeated record into next weekend’s 2013 NFFL Championship rematch with the Cincinnati Hawks. The Warriors defeated the Hawks at Spartan Stadium in the regular season, but couldn’t stop the Hawks’ potent offense in the championship game.
“It’s going to be a good one,” Rice said. “They’re a really good team, but we feel we can play of those guys. We can run the ball, pass the ball and our defense is always phenomenal.”
The NFFL Championship rematch is scheduled to start Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Kings Commets 12 0 8 0 — 20
Kentucky Warriors 7 21 7 0 — 35
6:13 C: Brown, 11 yard pass from Staley (2 pt conversion failed)
1:41 W: Jones 4 yard pass from Schweickart (kick good)
1:16 C: Stanford, 53 yard pass from Staley (2 pt conversion failed)
14:26 W: Weber 28 yard pass from Schweickart (kick good)
9:21 W: Mallory 31 yard pass from Schweickart (kick good)
5:12 W: Jones, 12 yard run (kick good)
9:34 W: Jones, 25 yard run (kick good)
7:17 C: Hicks, 38 yard fumble recovery (Harris rush)
First Downs 15-16
Rushing Yards 125-164
Passing Yards 157-168
Total Offense 282-332
Fumbles (Lost) 3 (1)-4(2)
Penalties 4-17, 2-14
Rushing: Comets — Harris 18-84, Staley 9-38, Peeple 1-3 Warriors — Schweickart 8-104, Jones 17-42, Brown 6-14, Mallory 4-5, Selby 1-(-1)
Passing: Comets — Staley 11-34-3-162, Stanford 0-2-1-0, Harris 1-1-0-9 Warriors — Schweickart 9-16-2-185, Lunsford 0-3-0-0, Shelby 0-1-1-0
Receiving: Comets — Brown 5-60, Stanford 4-76, Peeples 2-21, Harris 1-14, Warriors — Weber 4-102, Mallory 4-79, Jones 1-4