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Howard’s Football Season Closer Ends Early After First Half Brawl

The Howard University football team closed out the season against Virginia-Lynchburg on Nov. 20 at Greene Stadium.

 Photo Courtesy of Jon Musselwhite.

The Howard University football team closed out the season against Virginia-Lynchburg on Nov. 20 at Greene Stadium. 

As tradition follows, the Bison acknowledged its 22 seniors prior to the match for their hard work and commitment throughout the season. 

“We are going to acknowledge the seniors on this team,” said Coach Larry Scott, head coach for the Bison, before the game. “They have been through a lot, some have played under three different coaching staffs. We want to honor them and then finish on the right note.”

With 1:17 left in the second quarter, a physical altercation on the field escalated into an all-out brawl between both teams.

The Howard University Bison were leading by 50 points, with the score being 56-6, before necessitating the officials to end the game before halftime.

Howard’s Athletics Director, Kery Davis, issued the following statement that Saturday night: 

“At today’s football game between Howard University and Virginia University of Lynchburg, an unfortunate brawl took place on the field between student-athletes from both teams, necessitating the officials to end the game before halftime. The Howard administration and staff will review footage of the game and levy appropriate disciplinary action upon those whom we determine have violated the University Student Code of Conduct. 

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Regardless of who initiated or escalated the altercation, the actions of the student-athletes in today’s game do not reflect the values, principles and standards of Howard University. Our athletic-program insists that our student-athletes exhibit the highest levels of sportsmanship both on and off the field at all times. 

The disturbing scene witnessed on our home football field will be used as a teaching moment to ensure that our student-athletes conduct themselves in the manner befitting our institution’s legacy.”

Game Stats

Quinton Williams , 7/9, 147 yards, 2 touchdowns

Ian Wheeler, 9 rushes, 64 yards, 3 touchdowns

Antione Murray , 2 receiving touchdowns

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