Aiken County Public Schools announced Monday that disciplinary action will be taken after a post-game brawl between North Augusta and South Aiken on Friday.
The school district said in a statement that eight players from the two teams will be suspended a minimum of one game. The decision came after athletic directors and coaches from North Augusta and South Aiken reviewed game footage.
The names of the suspended players were not made immediately available.
After North Augusta beat South Aiken 21-7 at home, a brawl erupted between the two sides during the post-game handshake. The game, which was billed as one of the top games in the area this season, included many personal fouls and two brief scuffles.
The incident remains under review by the South Carolina High School League, which will determine if any additional disciplinary action is warranted, according to the school system’s statement.
“The unsportsmanlike behavior exhibited by some players during the post-game handshake is unacceptable for an Aiken County Public School District student athlete and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.