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Sparta Man, 18, Charged With Assault At Ramapo HS Football Game

Officer Denny Knubel was working security during the home team Raiders' 21-14 win over the visiting Spartans when he saw the fight break out.
Officer Denny Knubel was working security during the home team Raiders' 21-14 win over the visiting Spartans when he saw the fight break out. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Ryan Curtiss

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- An 18-year-old Sparta fan was arrested after Franklin Lakes police said he assaulted a 17-year-old home-team spectator at a Ramapo High School football playoff game.

Officer Denny Knubel was working security during the Raiders' 21-14 win over the visiting Spartans when he spotted trouble, Capt. John Bakelaar said.

Knubel took Luke Schmitzer into custody on simple assault charges, he said.

"At this point, there is no indication in the reports that a complaint will be filed against the juvenile," Bakelaar said.

First-seeded Ramapo (9-2) advanced to the NJSIAA football championship game against the second-seeded River Dell Golden Hawks (10-1). A date hadn't immediately been set.

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