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VIDEO: Brawl Erupts At End Of Hackensack High Game At Teaneck

A massive melee broke out following Hackensack's 19-18 win over rival Teaneck on Thursday.
A massive melee broke out following Hackensack's 19-18 win over rival Teaneck on Thursday. Video Credit: NJ.com

TEANECK, N.J. — Authorities confirmed that a Teaneck man was arrested for a separate assault following a Thanksgiving Day brawl at the end of the annual football game between Hackensack and Teaneck.

Police said the incident leading to the arrest of 18-year-old Branden Diaz didn't happen on the field, where a brawl broke out after a Hackensack flag-bearer who ran to midfield to plant a Comets' flag was walloped by a Highwaymen player.

A last-ditch Teaneck Hail Mary pass had just fallen short in Hackensack's 19-18 comeback win, video posted by Nj.com ( above ) shows.

It took a few minutes to restore order after players, coaches and fans got involved. Some punches were thrown, but no injuries were reported.

The incident leading to the arrest occurred on Elizabeth Avenue, where Hackensack's buses were parked, Police Chief Glenn M. O'Reilly said.

Backups officers responding to what had been the brawl on the field spotted a scuffle, separated those involved, then took Diaz into custody for injuring a juvenile during the fracas, he said.

Diaz was charged with assault and released pending a court hearing, the chief said.

Hackensack was down 18-6 with a little over three minutes left in the game before mounting a furious comeback. The game winner came on a touchdown pass with three minutes left.

For some, the fight recalled a brawl at the end of the 2014 Thanksgiving Day game between the teams.

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