Coolidge-Carroll game is canceled

August 28, 2011

The Coolidge-Carroll football game that was postponed from Saturday to Monday afternoon has been cancelled, according to Coolidge’s athletic director and football coach.

It was unclear why the game was canceled. But Coolidge’s athletic director, Keino Wilson, said Sunday that the school was told by Willie Jackson, the interim athletic director of D.C. Public Schools, that it was not allowed to play.

Coolidge and Carroll were originally scheduled to play Saturday afternoon. But after Tuesday’s earthquake, DCPS canceled practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Coolidge officials were concerned the school’s players would be at greater risk of injury because of a lack of contact in practice.

After a brief disagreement over whether the game had been canceled or would be rescheduled, Coolidge agreed to move its season opener against Carroll toMonday at 3 p.m.

But on Saturday evening, Carroll Coach Rick Houchens said he received word from his athletic director that Coolidge was canceling Monday’s game.

Houchens said he still hopes the game — the school’s first home contest of the season — can be played, but it appears he has no team to play.

“I know this, if someone really wanted to play the game, they would play the game,” he said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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