The season opening football game between Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Sherwood will go down as a double forfeit according to the athletic directors of both high schools.
Sherwood was forced to forfeit their 47-6 win over B-CC at Caruso Memorial Field on Sept. 4 for using an ineligible player.
“That following Tuesday Sherwood High School was alerted of the student-athlete’s residency status,” said Sherwood Athletic Director Kathy Green. “As soon as we were alerted the kid was pulled from the roster. There’s no way we could have known that the player provided inaccurate information.”
Green said the school made an appeal to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association but the appeal was denied.
“Obviously we’re very disappointed that the appeal was denied and we are moving forward and moving on,” said Green.
The Warriors are unbeaten on the field but suffered their only setback due to the forfeit. Sherwood (6-1) enters Friday night’s home game against unbeaten Paint Branch (7-0) in a battle of 4A East powers.
The forfeit would have given B-CC the win but the Barons were also denied a chance to earn the victory.
“We had to forfeit the game because we also had an ineligible player,” B-CC athletic director Jim Tapley said. “Neither school could take the win because each school had an ineligible player. We should have caught it and we didn’t and it was our mistake.”
B-CC is now 2-5 heading into Friday’s home game against Quince Orchard (6-1) at Guckeyson Memorial Stadium.
Tapley said the student-athlete in question is no longer on the team and the double forfeit is a rare occurrence in Montgomery County.
“I don’t think it’s happened in our county,” said Tapley.