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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — One Guilford County high school is banned from this year’s state football playoffs and its local rival is close to the same penalty after a brawl erupted at their game last week.

Southwest Guilford has been banned from the playoffs and Eastern Guilford is one ejection away from joining them. The penalty is imposed by the state high school athletic association when a team has three players ejected for fighting in a season, or six players ejected for any reason.

Four Southwest players and two Eastern players will serve two-game suspensions for fighting during their Aug. 26 game in Gibsonville.

Five football teams and four boys basketball teams were banned from the playoffs last school year, the most affected since the fighting rule took effect over a decade ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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