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Bishop Amat-Damien (California) football game ends with altercation in handshake line

Tempers flared following the Lancers’ win, reportedly due to a beef between coaches

Handshake lines are meant to be a show of sportsmanship, but sometimes the opposite is displayed.

Bishop Amat picked up a 35-7 win over Damien on Friday, but the game will likely be remembered for what happened in the minutes after it ended. 

Both teams were rushed off the field shortly after the conclusion of the game, as the handshake line turned into a rowdy scrum. 

It was reportedly coaches, not players, who started the altercation.

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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. 

After the brief chaos died down, the two groups were separated and left the field. Neither team’s coaches or players spoke with media in attendance.

Bishop Amat (5-0) plays at Sierra Canyon (2-3) next week, while Damien (1-5) heads to Upland (4-2).