Posted on October 28, 2022

Students Charged After Akron Football Brawl

Danielle Cotterman, WJW, October 27, 2022

At least six students now face rioting charges after a high school football game ended with a large fight and police deploying pepper spray.

The incident happened in the final seconds of a game between Akron’s Ellet High versus Firestone High on October 14.


Video of the game shows several Firestone players lying face down on the field using a swimming motion on the grass after the win.

The demonstration follows the July death of Ellet Football player Toshay Pope, who drowned in Lake Melanie near Uniontown during an outing with the team.

Akron police also said at the time they were investigating whether there was taunting from both teams, and whether Ellet players were “verbally” mocking the death of 17-year–old Ethan Liming, a Firestone player, who was beaten to death outside of the I-Promise School in Akron in June.