Oxon Hill's forfeits put Walbrook in 4A playoffs Warriors instead will play No. 1 Suitland Saturday

November 11, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Walbrook's football team will replace Oxon Hill of Prince George's County as the No. 8 seed in this weekend's 4A state football playoffs after the 7-3 Clippers were forced to forfeit all of their victories for using an ineligible player.

Walbrook, which will travel to No. 1 Suitland for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, benefited from the Clippers' discovery of a fifth-year player who had participated in every game, Warriors principal Marilyn Rondeau confirmed yesterday.

"I was about to ask my athletic director [Harrietta Wallace] about turning in the equipment this morning, and she told me we still have to play Suitland," said fourth-year coach Kelvin Bridges, 33. "At first, I thought she was joking. But when everyone else found out, this school was rocking and rolling in positive hysteria."

It will be the first playoff appearance for the Warriors (7-2), who won their seventh straight game, 20-6, Friday at Northwestern. The victory earned the City's West Division crown for Walbrook, which has outscored its six league opponents 224-12, with four shutouts.

Suitland, also making its first playoff appearance, is 10-0, having outscored the opposition 333-91. Its second-year coach Nick Lynch is 18-2 for his career, his Rams having gone 8-2 last season behind running back LaMont Jordan (now a standout for the University of Maryland).

"It does a lot for school spirit," Rondeau said. "We'll be organizing a trip with some parental support to try and get people to the game."

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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