Players' suspensions called 'up in the air' Back, two linebackers also involved at Broadneck

Football

October 09, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The mother of junior quarterback Ryan Eslin said yesterday "everything is still up in the air" regarding the suspension of her son and four senior starters on No. 7-ranked Broadneck's unbeaten football team.

The five are suspended from tomorrow's game at Laurel for alleged violations of the Anne Arundel County conduct code for student athletes at last week's homecoming dance.

Lineman John Cifolilli acknowledged Wednesday that he is one of the suspended players, and several sources identified the other three, all seniors, as running back/linebacker Tremayne Williams and linebackers David Hooper and Jon Price.

The latter three could not be reached for comment.

Broadneck's coach and athletic director would give no details about the suspensions.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Williams is a key offensive player for the 5-0 Bruins. He is averaging 12.4 yards a carry, complementing Broadneck's other back, Martel Threadgill, Anne Arundel County's leading rusher with 905 yards and 12 touchdowns on 109 attempts. Threadgill was not involved in the suspensions.

In Saturday's 21-0 homecoming win against Queen Anne's, TC Williams gained 161 yards on 13 carries and scored the third touchdown. He also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Whether the players return this season is for now in the hands of principal Lynn Blackman, who was not in school yesterday.

"She continues to review the matter," said Board of Education attorney B. Darren Burns.

"We had a conference at the school yesterday, but it was with administrators because the principal, we were told, was at a Board of Education conference," said Cheryl Eslin.

The meeting with administrators didn't accomplish anything, she said, adding that "all we want to do is get our son back playing football."

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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