Updated: November 8, 2012 11:49AM
Emotions that had been simmering since pregame warmups boiled over near the end of the first half of Eisenhower’s 35-0 South Suburban Red victory over visiting Reavis on Friday.
It will prove costly for both teams in Week 8.
The Cardinals (3-4, 3-1) built a 13-0 lead on a 25-yard TD pass from quarterback Dion Parker to Dante Davis and a 70-yard interception return by Ramando Alexander.
With 30 seconds remaining until intermission, Eisenhower defensive back Shawn Chappel interfered with Reavis receiver Jacob Kosiek and then grabbed and threw him to the ground.
The play happened in front of the Reavis bench, leading to a skirmish and ultimately the ejection of Chappel, Eisenhower lineman Dion Wells and Reavis quarterback Jose Romero and lineman Anthony Parente.
All will miss Week 8 action, per IHSA rules.
The atmosphere was chippy before the start of the game, when some Eisenhower players entered the area that Reavis was warming up in.
“Typically our home team comes out on that side from our varsity locker room, so our kids were under the impression we were there,” Eisenhower coach Travis Moore said. “When they came out they were re-directed. So it was a complete misunderstanding.”
It led, however, to several verbal exchanges and ultimately the skirmish. There were no further incidents.
Eisenhower blew the game open with three touchdowns in the second half, all by Parker on runs of 30, 26 and 4 yards. Parker rushed six times for 84 yards, while Kenny Baker ran 15 times for 81.
Reavis (4-3, 1-3) was held to just 33 total yards.
“Really, really frustrating,” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. “I’ve never had something like this happen to me. We’re just going to have to move on and try to get after it next week the best we can with the players we do have.”