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Report: Brawl at Watkins Mill Football Game Ends in Critical Injury of Girl

A 10th-grade girl was reportedly hit by a police cruiser in the melee after the Watkins Mill-Clarksburg grudge match.

An unidentified female student is in critical condition after being struck by a police cruiser that had responded to a series of fights that broke out after Friday night's Watkins Mill-Clarksburg football game, Fox 5 reported.

The bitter football rivals had just finished their annual grudge match -- a 10-8 win by Watkins Mill, according to witnesses -- when several brawls reportedly began. The girl was running in the street when she was struck by the cruiser, according to Fox 5. She was flown by helicopter from the intersection of Watkins Mill Road and Apple Ridge Road.

The girl is a sophomore at Watkins Mill, said Principal Scott Murphy.

"I would like to thank the police, fire/rescue, students, parents, staff, and community members for your swift and supportive response to this unfortunate accident," he said in a statement. "I know you join me in keeping this student and her family in your thoughts and prayers."

Bob Hydorn September 22, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Please keep this young girl and the officer driving the cruiser in your prayers
bbb September 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Heavenly Father we pray for this Young Girl and the Police Officer involved as he was only doing his Job...Now for those involved I pray they get the LAW thrown at them..
Natasha September 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Im so sadden by this accident!!! My 15yr old son was at the game and called me to tell me what had happen, last night. My prayer's are with this young lady and her family, this could have been any of our children i pray for the officer as well i could just emagine how he or she must be feeling. I know that God is a good God and he has it all under his control her angle's are watching over her.
Gburgatheist September 22, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Hey Natasha, if god was good, he wouldn't have let this happen. Things happen all the time, good/bad, this happened to be bad. Now we need the professionals, the medical teams to work to the best of their ability to help her. Remember 2 hands working accomplish more than a million hands praying.
Scott Murphy September 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Here is an update from Watkins Mill on Saturday morning: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/watkinsmillhs/news/news.aspx?id=262815
Esther French (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you! We've included a link to your letter.
David Becker September 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
So, Gburgatheist, why did you have to do that? Does it offend you that someone has feelings and thoughts different than you? Keep it to yourself. You took a sweet moment and muddied it with your blather.
Gburgatheist September 22, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@David Becker, yup it was nice until "god is a good god". Oops, then it crossed the line into absurdity. Saying that a deity is good, when bad things happen is beyond ridiculous. How about just stopping with our prayers are with her? And yes, we are hoping the experts, real people will use their skills to help her.
Courtney September 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
@David Becker, you can't reason with the Devil. One of the experts working on her was my church member. And she and everyone else there was praying too. In Jesus Name Amen.
jnrentz1 September 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Nicely said.
Natasha September 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I know that thing's happen in this life in the supernatural but I put my faith in God!! I'm so happy to hear that the young lady is responding to the doctor's I spent my time in prayer for her!
Natasha September 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@courtney I agree!!!
David Becker September 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Well, I guess you do have a right to be an ass. Our Constitution allows for it. Whether you should act like an ass is something your Mother should have dealt with long ago. I don't have the same beliefs as Natasha, but I do have the character to allow her the respect she deserves to say what she wants. You show your disregard for other peoples individual beliefs; which completely denigrates any standing you have in this discussion.
Frederick Yun September 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I agree with both Gburgatheist and David Becker. God is believed to be a good god, but in many cases are proven to not be a good god.\ But still don't voice these opinions in public because humans can't tolerate OTHER people's opinions.
Frederick Yun September 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
You can't reason with God either. Hmmph.
Jed Sorokin-Altmann September 24, 2012 at 08:46 AM
The headline is misleading. The brawl didn't end in critical injury of girl, the critical injury was from a collision with a police cruiser en route to respond to the brawl. Headline makes it sound like the injury occurred at the brawl itself.
Scott Murphy September 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Here is an update from Watkins Mill as of Monday morning. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/watkinsmillhs/news/news.aspx?id=262959
Greg Cohen September 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Thanks for keeping everyone updated on the situation, Scott.
Derek Hale September 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I am going to take this from an objective approach. The Urban Dictionary states that a "grudge match" is: "A fight between unfriendly opponents; either a fight with an unfriendly opponent or a fight with an opponent who doesn't bare any unfriendliness whatsoever. " So, then this was pre-defined as a "grudge match". The newspapers reported it prior to this event as a "grudge match". So then this begs the question: (1) Was there sufficient security from the school's side to make sure this type of event did not occur? (2) Did the school hire any security or off-duty police officers to make sure this event was properly covered? So I don't know the answers to either. This is the objective approach, not the religious approach. Derek
RVN6768 October 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It is obvious Gburgatheist has never faced automatic weappons fire or been under a napalm strike...otherwise he may have a different opinion of faith in a supreme being.
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