Two forfeits by Glen Burnie are overturned


October 21, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitration issued a rare decision yesterday in overturning two forfeited games assessed the Glen Burnie football team two weeks ago because a player participated on days when he cut classes.

Glen Burnie appealed because it considered the penalty harsh and unfair to other players. Restoring the wins over Southern-Harwood and Meade puts the Gophers at 4-3.

The player never appeared on an absentee list because he was in homeroom each morning and cut classes later in the day. When Glen Burnie coach Brad Wilson found out, he reprimanded the student and benched him the next game. The player later was removed from the team.

"I had no idea, and what was sad is the other kids who followed the rules were punished [forfeits] for what he did," said Wilson. "I'm in favor of the idea of the rule, but the county has to find a way to enforce it."

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