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La Verne police investigating battery report involving a Damien High School football coach

Tempers flared after Bishop Amat's victory Friday night, and now the local police are involved

Following Bishop Amat's 35-7 win over Damien on Friday, both teams were rushed off the field after the handshake line turned into a rowdy scrum. 

The La Verne police department confirmed on Saturday morning that it is investigating a "battery report" from the postgame melee. Here's the full statement from La Verne Police Chief Colleen Flores:

"The La Verne Police Department is investigating a battery report at Damien High School," Flores wrote in a statement released Saturday morning. "The incident occurred after the football game between Damien High School and Bishop Amat High School on September 23rd. A 19-year old Bishop Amat student alleges two subjects battered him, and at least one of the subjects involved is a Damien High School Football Team coach."

According to Fred J. Robledo with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, things got ugly when Bishop Amat head coach Steve Hagerty would not shake hands with Damien head coach Matt Bechtel. Hagerty accused the opposing coach of “slapping his hands” in last year’s meeting between the teams, which Bishop Amat won. 

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This is a developing story. We will continue to update with more information as it becomes available.