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Police consider charges after Pennsylvania HS football player beats opponent with helmet

WGAL TV in Pennsylvania reports that police are investigating an ugly incident that took place during Friday's game between Hamburg (Pa.) and Annville-Cleona (Pa.). At the end of the third quarter of Hamburg's 25-10 win, Hamburg senior Joe Cominsky ripped the helmet off of Annville-Cleona lineman Josh Hartman's head and proceeded to strike Hartman twice with the helmet. Annville-Cleona's Taylor Prentice traded punches with Cominsky and both players were subsequently ejected.

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WGAL reports that a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District Three hearing on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday, while police are considering filing charges.

"We are looking at one person particularly at this time," South Annville Township police Chief Ben Sutcliffe told WGAL. "However, upon more information there might be more involved."

The Reading Eagle reports that Cominsky will be required to sit out Hamburg's next game against Northern Lebanaon, per PIAA Rules. Hamburg Principal Christopher J. Spohn wouldn't reveal whether the school took any further disciplinary action against Cominsky.

"We followed our board-approved policies and procedures dealing with this situation," Spohn told the Eagle.

UPDATE: District 3 chairman Ron Kennedy told PennLive.com that no meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. “District 3 will not be doing anything at this point,” he said. “This is a school issue, and the schools are handling it.”

Thanks to Deadspin for bringing this story to our attention.



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