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Football: Anacostia, McKinley to forfeit games

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Anacostia and McKinley must forfeit their Nov. 4 games for their roles in a fight that ended Saturday’s game, D.C. Public School officials said Friday.

A DCPS spokesman said player suspensions would be handled by each school’s principals, and none had been issued as of Friday afternoon.

After a McKinley wide receiver scored to give the Trainers and 12-0 lead with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the third quarter, he and an Anacostia defensive back got into a fight, according to coaches. The fight escalated and both benches cleared, officials said. Referees then called the game.

“This week’s game would have affected homecoming for both schools and there wasn’t time to change the dates of the homecomings,” DCPS spokesman Fred Lewis said in an email. “The forfeit for Dunbar also affected homecoming but there was time, in that case, to change the homecoming date.”

Said Willie Jackson, the DCPS interim athletic director: “It’s unfortunate that the kids had to engage in such behavior. Our goal is to put on an excellent display of sportsmanship and athletics and at the same time hold kids accountable for their behavior. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated in the DCIAA.”

This isn’t the first forfeit ruling for a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association team this season. On Sept. 3, Dunbar’s game against Dunbar-Baltimore was called in the fourth quarter when a fight broke out between players. Two Crimson Tide players were suspended and a league game was forfeited as a result for the team’s role in the fight.

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