By Brittany Lieberman / News Editor
Fans watched helplessly from the stands as a brawl broke out between the LBCC Vikings and Desert College Roadrunners football teams with less than two minutes left on the clock, LBCC taking the win 55-10, during the fourth quarter of LBCC’s 2013 Homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Veterans Stadium.
Mycah Rainwater, 20, a marketing major and girlfriend of Viking running back Kameron White, said, “It was scary. It seemed like number 56 from Desert College started it when he jumped on an LBCC guy. There was no way Desert was gonna have a comeback, I don’t know why it had to end that way.”
White, who has been playing football since he was five, said, “It puts a sour taste in my mouth.” Nate Reed, 25, a music major and a trombone player for LBCC’s band, was preparing to play the closing fight song when the altercation exploded. “It looked like a standard football fight that would just get broken up. It got really heated and then the crowd got involved. People started running onto the field,” Reed said.
Viking running back Jeff Macgillivray was on the sidelines when the fight escalated. “Three of our guys were on Desert’s sideline and were getting shoved. They were getting jumped, and we weren’t just gonna let that happen.” Michelle Kelpers, a cousin of Viking wide receiver Jeremy Villa, said, “It was just overall bad sportsmanship and shouldn’t have happened.” Marshall Jones, 19, a child development major, said, “They were mad they lost. They didn’t have to take their anger out on us.”
Maria Menza, 18, a psychology major, said, “It was unexpected and uncalled for. It was a fair win and got way out of hand.”