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Youth Football Game Ends In Melee

September 25, 2000

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) _ Videotapes parents took to show their sons playing football, instead may have captured some adults brawling at the games.

Police were reviewing videotapes Monday to determine who started Saturday’s melee between the teams of 14-and 15-year-old players from Port Orange, south of Daytona Beach, and Winter Springs, near Orlando.

Miami-Dade County police were also looking at videotape Monday of a Saturday fight involving several adults at a Boys and Girls Club football game.

About 100 coaches, players, parents and others took part in Saturday’s brawl at a Pop Warner game for 14 and 15 year olds in Port Orange. It began moments after the Port Orange Hawks scored a touchdown in overtime to beat the West Orange Wildcats 12-6.

Police Cmdr. Michael Sheridan said detectives want to look at the videotape and interview witnesses before saying who was at fault.

``Right now we are not pointing fingers at anybody,″ Sheridan said Sunday. ``Order was restored quickly and right now we are just trying to sort things out.″

A call seeking comment about the investigation was not returned immediately Monday.

A 31-year-old mother from Orlando was charged with resisting arrest and a 15-year-old player was accused of battery on a law enforcement officer for allegedly throwing a traffic cone at an officer and punching him in the face. The officer received minor injuries.

Miami-Dade police were investigating a fight that broke out after a referee ended a game for 12-year-old players early because of unsportsmanlike behavior. The game involved teams from the communities of Kendall and West Kendall.

David Mosure, a high school coach and teacher, said that after the referee called the game, players from the losing West Kendall team spewed profanities at the Kendall players. That caused one of the Kendall parents to yell something at the West Kendall coaches, one of whom sprinted 30 yards to the Kendall sidelines, Mosure said.

He said the coach began yelling threats and some Kendall parents tried to restrain him, a few falling to the ground during the scuffle. He said another West Kendall coach ran over and began hitting one of the fallen men in the face.

``It was probably the most sickening display I have ever seen,″ Mosure said.

A police report identifies the suspected attacker as Glen Daniel Scott, 36, and the victim as Rudy Llana, 45. Llana suffered severe cuts to the mouth requiring stitches, the report says.

Detective Ed Munn said Monday investigators want to speak to Scott and review two videotapes taken of the fight before deciding whether to file charges. Llana and Boys and Girls Club officials did not immediately return calls for comment. Scott does not have a listed phone number.

There have been several brawls involving youth sports across the country this year.

In July, a hockey player’s father in Massachusetts was charged with manslaughter after he fought with a referee who then died.

About a week later in Hollywood, Fla., a Police Athletic League baseball coach was accused of breaking an umpire’s jaw during an argument.

Earlier this month, nearly two dozen parents got in a scrap at a T-ball game for 4- and 5-year-olds in Miami. The investigation of that fight is continuing, Munn said.