With 5:47 left in the third quarter of last weekend's Chicago Lindblom football game at West Side, the officials decided to stop the game because of continuous unsportsmanlike dust ups.
The Cougars led 33-0 at the time.
Jason Wille of the IHSAA confirmed that West Side will get credit for the win and that no Cougars will be held out of tonight's game at Times No. 1 Andrean due to suspensions.
Cougars coach Jason Johnson said it all started when Ohio State-bound Lonnie Johnson was receiving a punt, which was muffed. Johnson fell on the ball and was down, but three Lindblom players continued to play.
“Our players thought it was a cheap shot against our best player,” Jason Johnson said. “They drove him into the ground. We were whipping their butts pretty good, and I think they felt it was their only recourse.”
Later, a Lindblom player grabbed a West Side player's facemask and yanked him to the ground. Then, on another play, a Cougar was hit going out of bounds around the 20-yard line.
Four Cougars went down to protect their teammate. But they went outside of the “box” and that's when the officials decided to call the game.
“The coaches and refs were on it right away,” Jason Johnson said. “There was only about 20 seconds of commotion.”
Johnson spoke with IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens, who received the official's report from the game. The refs decided to call the game to keep halt an escalation of hostilities.
Also, the score of the game, weather conditions and Lindblom having a curfew was also considered.
“There's a lot of good things happening in our program right now so this isn't something I'm happy about,” Jason Johnson said. “But we'll keep working hard and make sure something like this doesn't happen again.”