Report: Brawl at Watkins Mill Football Game Ends in Critical Injury of Girl

A 10th-grade girl was reportedly hit by a police cruiser in the melee after the Watkins Mill-Clarksburg grudge match.

An unidentified female student is in critical condition after being struck by a police cruiser that had responded to a series of fights that broke out after Friday night's Watkins Mill-Clarksburg football game, Fox 5 reported.

The bitter football rivals had just finished their annual grudge match -- a 10-8 win by Watkins Mill, according to witnesses -- when several brawls reportedly began. The girl was running in the street when she was struck by the cruiser, according to Fox 5. She was flown by helicopter from the intersection of Watkins Mill Road and Apple Ridge Road.

The girl is a sophomore at Watkins Mill, said Principal Scott Murphy.

"I would like to thank the police, fire/rescue, students, parents, staff, and community members for your swift and supportive response to this unfortunate accident," he said in a statement. "I know you join me in keeping this student and her family in your thoughts and prayers."

Scott Murphy September 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Here is an update from Watkins Mill as of Monday morning. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/watkinsmillhs/news/news.aspx?id=262959
Greg Cohen September 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Thanks for keeping everyone updated on the situation, Scott.
Derek Hale September 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I am going to take this from an objective approach. The Urban Dictionary states that a "grudge match" is: "A fight between unfriendly opponents; either a fight with an unfriendly opponent or a fight with an opponent who doesn't bare any unfriendliness whatsoever. " So, then this was pre-defined as a "grudge match". The newspapers reported it prior to this event as a "grudge match". So then this begs the question: (1) Was there sufficient security from the school's side to make sure this type of event did not occur? (2) Did the school hire any security or off-duty police officers to make sure this event was properly covered? So I don't know the answers to either. This is the objective approach, not the religious approach. Derek
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