Walker High School banned from football playoffs

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Walker High School was placed on restrictive probation and banned from this year's state football playoffs as part of the punishment for last Friday's post-game fight between coaches of Walker and Cullman High School. Cullman High was placed on non-restrictive probation for the rest of the season and both schools were also fined $1,500.

Walker head coach John Holladay and Cullman assistant coach Matt Hopper have been suspended for the rest of the season for their involvement in the fight.

According to a statement from the Alabama High School Athletic Association, restrictive probation limits the team to only regular-season games and prohibits the school from participating in a football game involving more than two schools, including championships, for the duration of the restrictive probation.

Cullman was also warned that should similar incidents occur in the future, restrictive sanctions may be assessed.

Walker is on non-restrictive probation for a flagrant unsportsmanlike incident last season and was warned if a similar incident happened during the probation period, restrictive sanctions would be assessed.

"Walker High School is very saddened by these events and accepts these penalties," according to a Walker High School statement. The school also apologized "for the behavior" and said it "put into place measures to prevent this kind of behavior" by a Walker student, coach or teacher.

In a press release, Cullman schools Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth said the game was "intensely contested" and "we deeply regret that such an outstanding contest will be remembered for the events that occurred after the final whistle.

"We will abide by the sanctions that have been imposed and we look forward to turning a difficult event into a bridge to increased sportsmanship across all of our athletic programs."

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