Gulfport High School athletic director Bryan Caldwell announced Tuesday night that five Admiral football players have been suspended for their involvement in a brawl following an overtime 38-31 loss to Hattiesburg Friday night.
The Tigers had scored the winning touchdown and when Hattiesburg kicked the P-A-T, a punch was thrown. That set off a clearing of both benches.
Gulfport decided to suspend the players, not the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
The names of the suspended players were not released.
Gulfport (5-3) fell to 3 and 1 in the Region 4-6A standings while Hattiesburg (5-3) improved to 4-0.
The Admirals entertain D'Iberville at Milner Stadium 7:00 p.m. Friday. The Warriors (5-4) are 2 and 2 in the region race after losing to Hancock 34-6 on Friday. Hattiesburg travels to upset-minded Hancock (1-3).
Everyone is trying to secure one of the four playoff slots. Ocean Springs is 3 and 1 after losing to Harrison Central 24-23 in overtime. The Red Rebels picked up their first region win of the season against 3 losses.
The Greyhounds face St. Martin (2-2) Friday night in Ocean Springs.
The D'Iberville-Gulfport, St. Martin-Ocean Springs, Hattiesburg-Hancock and Biloxi-Harrison Central games will be featured on the Friday Night Football Showdown on WLOX-TV at 10:15 p.m. followed by the Friday Night Football Showdown Post Game Show on wlox.com at 10:35.