After the worst of the thunderstorms passed Saturday, the head referee, in consultation with school officials from the home team, determined Carroll’s grass field was unplayable. June informed the referee that his team did not want to take a loss if the game was not completed, but both teams left the field without a clear understanding of how the situation would be resolved.
“For 38 minutes, they scored no points, and the score was 16-0,” Carroll Athletic Director George Leftwich said Monday. “To call the kids out, we’ve got a game on Saturday up in Philadelphia, they weren’t ready to play today. Maybe if they’d agreed on something on Saturday and everybody was ready to play today, we could have played” Monday.
Around 10 a.m. Monday, Leftwich left a voice message on Bond’s work phone. The message later was replayed for a Post reporter. In the message, Leftwich said in part: “Nobody’s in agreement that we should play this game. There’s too much involved. We’ll make it a no contest. That’s fine with us.”
By late Monday afternoon, Leftwich had changed his mind. It was at that point that Ray got involved. On Wednesday, Ray sent a memo – a copy of which was obtained by The Post – to officials from both schools and conferences in which he mandated that “the contest needs to be completed prior to November 7, 2012, unless the team officials agree to terminate the game.
“If either of the teams refuses to complete the game under the scenario listed above, DCSAA will award a forfeit victory to the team that was willing to play.”
Leftwich said Wednesday evening that he had no preference on whether to play the rest of the game or take the forfeit and that the final decision would be left to WCAC Commissioner Jim Leary. Leary said he was happy a resolution was reached.
Anacostia declared Wednesday its intention to play the remainder of the game. And faced with the alternative of forfeiting a game in which it was ahead at the time of play stoppage, Carroll followed suit Thursday morning.
“For the [DCSAA], we were sort of an intermediary,” Ray said Thursday. “What I did, through consultation with a state rules interpreter and through consultation with the national federation was make sure that I had the right rules and interpretations of the rules, and I put it on a piece of paper. I give credit to the administrations at Carroll and Anacostia for agreeing to come to the table.”