ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – High school rivals, Volcano Vista and Cibola, faced off today in their first game since a massive brawl two weeks ago at Volcano Vista.
Many students planned on being at today’s game just to see if another fight would break out, but everyone was on their best behavior.
APS Police and campus security stood at each corner of the basketball court during today’s rematch game.
“We’ve got extra CSA officers. We’ve taken precautions about parking. We’ll release one side first at the end of the game, and then the other side,” said Cibola Coach, Ray Rodriguez.
The extra precautions during today’s game were because of a massive fight in the Volcano Vista parking lot two weeks ago, right after the Cougars lost to the Hawks.
Tensions remained high and soon after that, Volcano Vista was hit with vandalism, prompting APS to move the game from Friday night to Saturday afternoon, to ensure better security.
But during the game today, if there was any tension, you wouldn’t know it.
“Our biggest focus is the game and it’s an important game for us,” said Volcano Vista Coach, Greg Brown.
Coach Brown and Rodriguez both say the aftermath of the last game was not an accurate representation of their schools or athletes.
“It was just something that got out of control in the heat of the moment, I think. I think everybody is regretful, even those kids who were involved,” said Coach Rodriguez.
“It’s not who we are here, it’s not who Volcano Vista or Cibola is. We’re two good high schools and tonight is going to be a good, competitive game,” said Coach Brown.
As the game ended, the crowd safely and calmly left the building.
The Hawks defeated the Cougars once again with a score of 59-45.