Benson will forfeit to Millard North and Bryan to Omaha Westside.
In a statement sent out to Tuesday to students, families and school staff that the district shared with The World-Herald on Wednesday, officials wrote that “the postgame handshake resulted in unsportsmanlike behavior that led to a significant disruption on the field.”
Bryan beat Benson 24-21 on a game-ending field goal at Bryan Stadium in a game televised by Cox Communications. The telecast showed that as the teams were going through their postgame handshakes, a fight broke out offscreen, and the announcers mentioned it. The telecast then showed the fight at a distance, with both teams involved and punches being thrown. Spectators were seen running onto the field.
More fighting occurred in the stadium parking lot, according to multiple sources.
“Our district holds high expectations for good sportsmanship at all levels of competition,” the OPS statement reads. “It is critical that all students who participate in extracurricular activities are always mindful of their behavior and how it reflects on themselves, their schools and our district. Those expectations were not met during the Benson High vs. Bryan High varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 8.”