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Charges filed in fight during football game between Hamburg, Annville/Cleona high schools

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 20 2013 08:44:12 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 06:21:02 AM CST

Charges have been filed in connection with a fight between opposing players during a football game involving two local high schools.

SOUTH ANNVILLE TWP., Pa. -

Charges have been filed in connection with a fight between opposing players during a football game involving two local high schools.

Joe Cominsky, the quarterback at Hamburg High School, was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, said his attorney, Allan Sodomsky.

Cominsky was caught on camera ripping off an Annville-Cleona player's helmet, and swinging it at his head in September.

The Lebanon County district attorney has been investigating the case ever since, and on Wednesday charges were filed.

"I've been in touch with the D.A. in Lebanon County, Mr. David Arnold, and the lines of communication have been open almost since it happened, so it's not a surprise today," said Sodomsky. 

The video of the fight went viral. Cominsky was sidelined by scandal and sat out two games. His teammates argued Annville-Cleona was playing dirty during the game, and the fight was provoked.

Whatever the reason, Cominsky's attorney said his client's life has been turned upside down, and he's been suffering ever since.

"Getting to know Joe Cominsky as I've gotten to know him and his family, he's a wonderful young man," said Sodomsky.

Cominsky is being charged as a juvenile. According to his attorney, the penalties could range from institutionalization to counseling and possible community service.  

Two months later, fans were still talking about the fight, and now they're divided if charges were warranted.

"I know if I was a parent, I'd probably be wanting them to be filed," said Chris Eckenroth, who lives in Hamburg.

"I honestly don't think charges should have been filed against him. I just wish him and his family the best, I really do," said Matt Smith, who also lives in Hamburg.

The juvenile probation office in Lebanon County will get a copy of the charges, and the case will most likely go to court and be resolved in the next few months.  

Police would not comment if anyone else was charged.

Cominsky was also involved in another incident in which a video showed him throwing footballs at another person in the Hamburg gymnasium.

The Berks County district attorney declined to file charges in the case.