Two Plainfield men were arrested and charged with breach of peace stemming from a fight immediately after Plainfield’s 21-17 upset of New London Friday night, according to reports from The Day of New London and the Norwich Bulletin.
Police told the newspapers they were called to Plainfield High School at 9:18 p.m. in response to a fight between fans and New London’s players as they left the field.
“Upon arrival, several individuals were still yelling and arguing but no physical altercation was observed,” Plainfield Police said in a statement.
In a Saturday opinion column Norwich Bulletin sports writer Marc Allard described the scene as “one of the ugliest melees that I have ever seen in my many years of covering high school athletics in Eastern Connecticut. ”
Members of the New London team, walking through the gate to exit to their buses parked just about 150 yards away, were verbally harassed by a group of former Plainfield athletes. It was something, according to Plainfield athletic director Jan Voland, that had also been taking place during the game. But the New London players were answering the hecklers back.
…There are differences in opinion as to who threw the first punch as the team exited, but someone did. And when that happened, the verbal altercation suddenly became a physical one. My back was turned as I was in the process of talking to (Plainfield coach Pat) Smith when the noise suddenly erupted.
Witnesses led police to 18-year old Zachary Coons and 19-year old Teaque Carginan, who were charged with second-degree breach of peace. Both men are recent Plainfield graduates and former football players, the Norwich Bulletin reported. Both were released on bond and Plainfield Principal Jim Worth told both The Day and the Norwich Bulletin that they were banned from future school events.
Afterward, Plainfield quarterback Steven Jankowski directed an apologetic Tweet to the New London football team:
That was a great, clean game by both teams. It's a shame our fans had to ruin it. Good game NL, I respect you guys to the fullest.
— Stevie Jankowski (@Stevie_J20) September 27, 2014