3 Injured in Postgame Brawl : Violence: Harbor player Dion Mills arrested after melee that left Pierce coach hospitalized, two others hurt.


A brawl that broke out in Wilmington after Saturday's football game between Harbor and Pierce colleges left one Pierce coach in the hospital and two others injured.

Pat Swift, an offensive line coach at Pierce in Woodland Hills, was listed in stable condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Saturday night after being knocked unconscious when a Harbor player reportedly hit him over the head with a crutch.

Harbor player Dion Mills, 19, of Carson, later turned himself in to Los Angeles Police at the Harbor Division station, according to Sgt. Howard Silverstein. Mills was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released after posting $35,000 bail.

Pierce head coach Bill Norton also was injured in the melee. He was treated for cuts and bruises at Harbor-UCLA and then released.

Pierce assistant coach Phil Wijmer was taken to Bay Harbor Hospital in Harbor City where he was treated for a chest bruise and later released, a nursing supervisor said.

The game, which Pierce won 23-0, was played at Harbor College.

One of the first police officers to arrive at the scene, Rodney Peacock, said the fight apparently broke out after most of the players had gone to their respective dressing rooms.

"Apparently, a few of the stragglers were saying some things to each other and a Harbor fan ran into (the Harbor) locker room, and said something like, 'Hey, they're beating up some of our guys out there,' " Peacock said.

Pierce linebacker Scott Blowers, a freshman from William S. Hart High School in Newhall, said the fight started quickly.

"I was one of the last guys off the field," Blowers said. "Words were exchanged and all of a sudden it seemed like everyone was coming out of the locker rooms and all hell broke loose pretty much."

Both teams spilled out of their locker rooms after that and the brawl ensued, Peacock said.

Peacock said Swift was lying on the ground unconscious when he arrived at the scene.

He said police got the situation under control, but a second fight broke out about 15 minutes later and Norton was injured by a punch during that melee.

More than 30 law enforcement officers and a police helicopter were called to the scene. Peacock said it took about an hour to stop the brawl and clear the area.

Times staff writers Fernando Dominguez and Chip Johnson contributed to this story.

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