Charges filed in Pa. football game helmet attack

ANNVILLE, Pa. - November 20, 2013

Hamburg High School quarterback Joe Cominsky will face simple assault charges in Lebanon County following the attack during a football game back in September.

The misdemeanor charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct were filed in juvenile court, Chief Benjamin Sutcliffe of the South Annville Township Police Department said.

He declined to release other details, citing the ages of those involved.

Video of the September 6 game at Annville-Cleona Secondary School shows a Hamburg player tearing the helmet off an Annville-Cleona player and hitting him with it at least twice.

Several other players are seen pushing each other, and another Annville-Cleona player was seen throwing several punches. The video attracted widespread attention.

Officials said the player struck with the helmet had a cut on top of his head but was otherwise all right.

Two players were ejected from the game, which Hamburg won 25-22.

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