Archbishop Spalding's varsity football team still is waiting to see if it has the metro area's longest losing streak. The Cavaliers' 6-0 overtime loss to Douglass of Baltimore City on Sept. 14 could be overturned.
Because of a Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference rule, games ending in a tie are not to be decided by any tie-breaking procedures or overtime periods. However, because both coaches agreed, an overtime period was conducted at Douglass.
"It surprised me when the refs said that we'd play overtime," said Spalding head coach Greg Furhman. "I had asked them about a minute before regulation time had expired, and they said there would definitely be an overtime period."
Since the Douglass defeat, the Cavaliers have been drubbed, 48-12, by Maret of Washington. If the MSA awards the tie to Spalding, its record would improve to 0-2-1, and its 15-game losing streak would become a 15-game winless streak.
"There was no controversy about the refs' decision on the field because I didn't even know about the rule at that time. But it's a shame that the streak may wind up ending this way. It's an ugly way to do it. I'd rather go out and beat someone and earn it, rather than have it go like this," said Furhman.
"As far as I know, the game against Douglass will be considered a tie, but we'll have to wait and see on the official ruling."
Domenic Pachence, athletic director at Spalding, said that Carmine Blades, MSA C Conference chairman and athletic director at St. Mary's High School, had announced the conference's decision in a meeting last Tuesday evening.
"He announced in front of everyone at the meeting that the game would end in a tie due to the new ruling, which was adapted from the (now defunct) Tri-County League," Pachence said from his home Monday evening.
"He had talked to both (Douglass athletic director) John Nash and Furhman, and both of them were in agreement."
Blades could not be reached for comment.
The Cavaliers were 0-9 last season and haven't won since the seventh week of the 1988 season, when they recorded a homecoming 38-0 win over Friends.