Nevada HS football game ends in player and coaches brawl that leads to police and pepper spray

A Nevada high school football game turned into a chaotic scene as two teams broke into a brawl that had to be stopped with police and pepper spray.

Tensions were already high at the Basic High School homecoming game Friday hosting Canyon Springs, when the heated game turned into a near riot, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

At least 35 penalties were called, mostly for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct and four Canyon Springs players, including their star quarterback, were ejected in the second half of the game.

While Canyon Springs did eventually win, 20-15,  a fight broke out when one of their players was tackled out of bounds on the final play. Coaches and players began to shove and punch each other for about 30 seconds before Clark County School District police intervened using mace to break up the melee.

Police officers pointing canisters at both teams, sending clouds of pepper spray into the air as multiple videos showed.

Mostly Canyon Springs players and coaches were affected but at least one Basic staffer was targeted, according to the Review-Journal. Canyon Springs coach Gus McNair was hit as was his young son. The coach directed his team back on the bus as he flushed his eyes with water.

Henderson Police were also on hand to help with crowd control, according to Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards.

News of the brawl began to trend on Twitter by late Friday.

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