Emotions ran high at on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023 at a game between Bennett High School and Christian Brothers Academy during state Class AA football semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Cicero, N.Y., according to reporting by Scott Child of Syracuse.com.

Further reporting from NBC 2, explains what happened on the field:

"An assistant coach with Bennett stepped on the field and was flagged. Later a flag was thrown on the sideline against Michael House, Buffalo's assistant superintendent for athletics. It was a situation that escalated when their opponent was huddled with coaches and Bennett was flagged for doing the same thing. The rules allow for a team to protest a call, and that is what coach McDuffie did."

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"Bennett's head coach, Steve McDuffie, approached a referee on the field about it. "

Sherrif's were called to the field by a game official (referee).

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A different referee pointed to sheriffs about who was to be removed from the field.

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There is no sound in this part of the video that determines who the referees who telling the sheriffs to remove from the field.

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Sheriffs Approach Coach McDuffie to remove him from the field.

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Coach McDuffie can be heard in the video (when the sound comes on) telling someone not to touch him. He says this around the time the sheriffs in question are close to him and telling him he has to leave.

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Coach McDuffie filed a complaint alleging one of the sheriff deputies who were called in the field, assaulted him during the protest confusion.

You can watch the full video of the field encounter here:


Coach Steve McDuffie and BPS Assistant Superintendent for Athletics Michael House say that "accountability is needed to be built into this system for the officials. I mean, we need a system of review where somebody can hold them accountable.

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