St. Joe’s appeals player suspension ahead of rivalry game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — St. Joe’s is appealing the suspension of one of their players after a brawl broke out at last week’s game.

St. Joe’s quarterback Casey Kelly took a late hit during their game against Bishop Timon-St. Jude last Friday. Players rushed the field and began fighting, forcing both teams to forefit and causing the suspension of St. Joe’s player Freddie Nixon.

St. Joes filed an appeal with the Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association Friday morning, a day before the scheduled rivalry game against Canisus High School.

“As we stated in our appeal, from viewing video of this game, it is clear – to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute – that the player was dragged on the ground by a number of players from the opposing team, and in standing and trying to extricate himself – he struck out ONLY in order to get himself free. Once free, he returned, with his coach, to the St. Joseph’s sideline,” St. Joe’s President Robert Scott said.

Nixon is able to play in Saturday’s game.

A source says executive director of the Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association Brian Kiszewski resigned Friday. According to the source, the resignation is not tied directly to the fight. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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