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Tensions during a youth football game on Sunday landed a Wilson teen in the hospital.
Members of a team from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club battled the Richmond Bulldogs youth team in the 14U Turkey Tune Up tournament championship game Sunday night in Smithfield.
“According to the coach, tempers started flaring when the Boys & Girls Club team scored a touchdown and a fight broke out,” said Angela Bateman, Salvation Army of Wilson service center director. “When the Wilson team started winning in the third quarter, a fight started because the Richmond team has never lost.”
The fight reportedly involved all the players, but coaches and referees were able to break up the melee before a Johnston County deputy working the event arrived on the field.
Capt. Jeff Caldwell said there were games on four fields, and by the time the deputy got to the scene of the fight, the suspect had fled and the victim was getting ready to head to the hospital. He said officials are awaiting the victim’s family to file a report about the incident.
Requests for comment from Richmond team representatives were not returned by press time.
Bateman said once the fight was over, Wilson team representatives realized an unidentified player had been injured. A parent from the team contacted the victim’s parents and volunteered to ride in the ambulance with the youth. The team’s coach reportedly waited until the ambulance took the victim away to drive the remainder of the team back to Wilson.
The team member was treated and released, Bateman said.
“The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club values the safety of all who come through its doors and is saddened the player was hurt in the football game,” according to a Salvation Army statement.
Bateman said she’s spoken with the victim’s parents and emotional posts on social media regarding the incident reportedly were removed.