BRADENTON -- Seven players are being disciplined by school officials after a fight following Braden River High School's football game at North Port High School last Friday.
Two Braden River players and five North Port players are suspended from game competition for a minimum of four weeks and will face additional disciplinary measures, including community service, according to Manatee County School District spokesman Mike Barber on Thursday. Similar information was sent out by the Sarasota County School District.
The students were not identified by school district officials who cited student privacy.
Earlier this week, Manatee County School District athletic director Jason Montgomery said about 10 students from both teams were involved in the incident.
While Manatee and Sarasota school officials are continuing their investigations, the Florida High School Athletic Association has not received the video from a school security camera on what transpired, said Justin Harrison, FHSAA associate executive director for athletic services.
Harrison said a decision from the FHSAA likely won't be made until next week.
"We are expecting the video," Harrison said. "There was no time frame on it. Our understanding is that it was on a school camera security system. So it's not a readily made disk, if you will. So that is something the county has to process on its end."
One of Harrison's responsibilities is handling unsportsmanlike conduct such as the postgame fight. Once the Manatee and Sarasota school districts report to the FHSAA, Harrison will join athletic director Frank Beasley, who is the football administrator, and Executive Director Roger Dearing, who is a former Manatee County School superintendent.
"Our office will definitely take into consideration what both schools are actually doing," Harrison said.
The Pirates, ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press 7A poll, are on a bye this week and face No. 3-ranked Venice at home next Friday.
Both teams are undefeated in the district alongside Palmetto, with two playoff berths on the line.
Braden River's practices, starting Tuesday, are closed until the issue is resolved per the administration's directions, a school official said.
Pirates head coach Curt Bradley declined to comment when the Bradenton Herald contacted him Tuesday with additional calls and messages not returned.
North Port does have another home game Friday against Bayshore High School.
"The schools are the ones to kind of act first," Harrison said. "And the schools know to keep in communication with us that anyone involved in the incident, anyone engaging in any unsportsmanlike act, to hold out of the game. Our understanding is the schools are identifying those kids."
Harrison said he expects a final decision from his office next week.
"In a perfect world, we want to get it done as soon as we can, because everyone involved wants to put kind of ugly incident behind us," Harrison said.
In addition to both counties and the FHSAA involvement, the North Port Police Department is also investigating.
Earlier this week, North Port Police Department public information officer Josh Taylor told the Herald the fight occurred as teams headed to the locker room after Braden River's 42-7 victory and officers on duty to help with crowd control rushed over to break it up. Taylor said the North Port players were not allowed to leave until Braden River left after the teams were separated in their respective locker rooms.
On Thursday, Taylor said the investigation on the police side is ongoing, and officers are still interviewing those involved to get to the bottom of the issue.
"We're certainly not done," Taylor said. "We're taking it very seriously."
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.