Meade fights exclusion from football playoffs

November 12, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Meade High school is challenging the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association decision to put Walbrook in the 4A state playoffs set to begin Friday in place of Oxon Hill.

The Mustangs feel they should be going instead of Walbrook as the eighth seed. Anne Arundel County school superintendent, Carol Parham, a board of education attorney and Meade principal George Kispert are scheduled to meet this morning with MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks.

"This whole thing is not right, because the state didn't want to take the time and go back and recount all the points," said Meade football coach Mark Frye. "We earned the right to go and why have rules if you are not going to enforce them."

It was announced Monday that Oxon Hill had an ineligible player and had to forfeit all of their games knocking them out of the playoffs as the eighth seed. The MPSSAA took the next team in line which before all the points were recounted was Walbrook.

Upon learning of the decision, Meade re-figured the eight points they got back from their loss to Oxon Hill. As it turns out Meade finished with a playoff points average (total points divided by total number of games) of 8.10 to Walbrook's 8.08.

"By going back on Monday and re-doing the points, we would have too many changes to make at this late date," said Sparks. "There's no perfect way out of this and we feel this is the best way. The other way and you leave yourself open to changing everything."

Pub Date: 11/12/97

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