Coaches, specialist in the sport to let go

Northwest High School’s head football coach and one of the team’s assistant coaches will not continue past the 2022-23 season following the fight that erupted in a game against Gaithersburg High School last month.

In addition to the two positions that will be vacated next year, the principals of both schools announced in a letter released Wednesday that the Gaithersburg track and field specialist will also not be returning.

The penalties were announced after an investigation by staff from the Montgomery County Public Schools Central Office. MCPS said it took witness statements and reviewed all available video footage before determining consequences.

Northwest High School football coach breaks silence after brawl in Gaithersburg

The three people involved and the school’s current athletic staff have already been notified of the decisions, the school district said.

The September 16 Gaithersburg–Northwest college football game was declared a double forfeit after a fight occurred on the field during the game. Players and coaches from both teams appeared to be involved in the fight.

Both teams were forced to forfeit their next matches.

FOX 5 later discovered that in Maryland Case Search, the state’s online court database, Gaithersburg track and field specialist William Gant filed an assault charge against the football coach Northwest Chief Travis Hawkins.

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In Maryland Case Search, the date of the offense is listed as September 16, the same day the fight broke out at the football game.

FOX 5 also confirmed that Gant filed assault charges against Northwest volunteer assistant football coach Justin Watson.

The school district believed after its investigation that those involved “demonstrated actions that are in direct conflict” with MCPS Athletics’ RAISE Core Values.

“A school and, by extension, its athletics have an identity that is deeply and emotionally personal to their respective communities,” the letter reads. “These decisions will naturally be seen differently, but we need to come together at this time to heal and prevent further divisions. This is a time to celebrate and speak positively about the rules that uphold fairness and our RAISE core values ​​which are rooted in sportsmanship and collaboration. still a competitive game.”

MCPS said it will provide restorative talks to players and coaches on each team, as well as access to counselors or psychologists.

Gaithersburg police also charged four minors and a 19-year-old after fights broke out off the field and as the crowd broke up the game.

Watson and Hawkins are due in court for a preliminary hearing in early November.

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