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High School Football: Brawl breaks out as Buford shuts out St. Frances Academy

August 19, 2023
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Tempers flared after Buford (Georgia) shut out St. Frances in a high-profile high school football matchup between two national top-10 opponents on Friday night.

In the moments on the field after No. 7 Buford’s 18-0 win, video from Buford High School shows players shoving one another while coaches tried to defuse the situation.

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Georgia-based reporter Lance McCurley posted a video to Twitter showing players getting heated as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter and said both teams were eventually instructed to return to their locker rooms.

Video from the scene posted to Twitter by Atlanta Constitution Journal reporter Jeff Sentell shows what looks like closer to a brawl.

The incident marks an unfortunate end to what may have been the national high school football game of the week between two quarterback phenoms, Georgia-bound Dylan Raiola (Buford), the nation’s top prospect in 2024 and St. Frances Academy’s Michael Van Buren, a four-star Oregon commit.

St. Frances Academy opened at No. 3 and Buford was ranked No. 7 in the preseason SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 national rankings

Read more about the game here

This is a developing story. 

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