The incident began in the third quarter with Weatherford leading 14-0. According to WPFL president and Outlaws Coach Mike Smith, he began to see problems at halftime of the game with Crowley parents yelling at the Weatherford players. He said he asked the director on duty, an off-duty Benbrook police officer, to put a stop to it.
Early in the third quarter, a Crowley kid stayed on top of a Weatherford player who was trying to get up after a play, Smith said. The referees reportedly told the Crowley coaches to let the kids play and to quit antagonizing the issue.
“One of the Crowley coaches then said for his kids to start biting and kicking,” Smith said. “The referees told the coaches they couldn’t say that and were told he could say what he wanted to his players. Referees started throwing flags and the game was called.”
Smith said he was told to put his players in an area so they and the parents could get out safely while the Crowley coach was dealt with. One Crowley family apparently had other ideas.
“It was one isolated incident, not the parking lot brawl it was being made out to be. This is about three instigators from one family going after another family while we were on the way to our cars,” Smith said. “The (Crowley) mother kept asking the kid how old he was and the Weatherford mom just kept telling her kids not to respond, that we don’t talk to strangers. That sort of thing.”
Once other families saw what was going on between the two families, however, they came in to assist, making the scene seem larger than it really was. One Weatherford fan had his thumb severely bitten, Smith said, nearly tearing it off, and was treated at the scene.