SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Eyewitness News is learning more about a fight that police describe as a brawl during a youth football game last weekend in Luzerne County.
Two parents were injured in that fight. One of them was hit by a car allegedly driven by another parent. The fight took place Saturday evening at the Joe LaRock Football Field in Sugarloaf Township during an All-Star game of the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference.
You can still see the tire tracks on the field in Sugarloaf Township. Police say 37-year-old Rachelle Rae Zeller drove her car a black Mercedes onto the field during a fight involving parents and hit the father of one of the players. Investigators say she also assaulted that man’s wife.
We spoke with her earlier this week.
“It started with just arguing and me trying to get away and then I just felt blows to my head and I kept trying to get away and find my children. Then I heard my husband run over,” said the injured parent.
The Valley Chiefs Football Organization hosted all-star games Saturday for the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference. None of its players were involved in the fight.
Team officials posted a statement Tuesday on its Facebook page, detailing what happened in the last game of the day involving players ages 12-and 13-years old. That statement says two players were fighting, the referees called the game, as coaches and players were heading to the center of the field to shake hands and take pictures.
“During this time verbal exchanges were being made between groups of adults which then quickly escalated into multiple fights,” said the WVJFC Board and League Presidents. “League Officials and other bystanders tried to de-escalate the situation and separate those engaging in this behavior until police arrived.”
The Facebook post says the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference as well as other witnesses are cooperating with the police to hold those involved accountable for their actions.
The statement goes on to read, “The conference is evaluating current protocol and will decide on future measures that need to be taken to ensure a safer, more compliant venue for our athletes and fans,” said the WVJFC Board and League Presidents.
Several high school students were at the same field Wednesday to play a pickup football game. They say the incident is the talk of the town.
“I really thought it was horrible for just like a football game especially like, an all-star football game really meant just for fun really. It’s like horrible it had to turn into a fight,” said Alex Pongrazzi, Drums.
Eyewitness News reached out to officials from the Valley Chiefs and the football conference for comment. We have not yet heard back from either.
The police investigation is ongoing and officers say additional charges are not being ruled out in connection with the fight.