Weekend football report: D.C. and privates

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By Josh Barr and Alan Goldenbach
Monday, September 27, 2010; 6:33 PM

Quarterback Jarid Brown rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns as Carroll registered its biggest victory in years, beating St. John's, 13-6,Saturday. The win improved the Lions to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Within 24 hours of the victory, however, Carroll was on the defensive when St. John's contacted WCAC Commissioner Jim Leary, interested to know how it was that Brown - who was a sophomore at Riverdale Baptist last year - was eligible to play this year at Carroll. WCAC rules stipulate that students who transfer after the start of their sophomore year generally are ineligible to play varsity athletics for one year.

However, Carroll Principal David Stofa applied for a waiver to the transfer rule and league commissioner Jim Leary said Monday that he approved the request and declined further comment on the situation.

"We went through the proper channels and the player was given a waiver and [Monday] the waiver was upheld," Carroll Athletic Director George Leftwich said, adding that Brown ended up at Carroll after Riverdale witheld financial assistance the family was expecting to attend the Prince George's private school this year. Leftwich said Brown played junior varsity at Riverdale last year.

However, according to the Web site Maxpreps.com, which Riverdale Baptist Coach Bob Shields uses to keep track of his statistics, Brown played in at least five varsity games last year and as a freshman in 2008. Attempts to reach Shields were not immediately successful.

"His mother didn't tell me any of that," Leftwich said. "I don't know where those stats come from. … All I know is what the boy's mother told me, that he was a JV player who suited up for some varsity games but didn't play."

Leary declined further comment on the situation.

Once regarded as a cellar-dwellar in the WCAC, the victory should give Carroll a considerable boost as it tries to move toward the league playoffs.

"We're in a win-win situation," Carroll Coach Rick Houchens said. "We're not supposed to be there, according to everybody else."

Around the area

Episcopal cancelled its game at Fork Union on Saturday after an Episcopal player was diagnosed with a staph infection. Maroon Coach Mark Gowin said after it was learned the player had MRSA, school officials cancelled practice last Friday and Saturday's game as a precaution. … After being off last week when it forfeited its game to Western Tech after school officials discovered what they considered an inappropriate rap video made by team members, Pallotti returned to action with a 28-0 victory over Friends. Tyler Drew and A.J. Bright each rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns.

In the District, after starting the season with four losses, McKinley finally got its first victory under new coach Jason Lane, as the Trainers defeated Theodore Roosevelt, 21-0, last Friday. It was another stellar performance for senior Kevin Thompson, who rushed for a career-high 262 yards and all three McKinley touchdowns on just 18 carries. … The Trainers next face the team with the most surprising mark - Cardozo, which improved to 3-0 with a 30-0 whitewash of Eastern - its third consecutive shutout. Tyrone Campbell threw two touchdown passes for the Clerks, who have not won three straight in more than a decade … Spingarn won for the first time since Halloween 2008 when the Green Wave defeated Options, 48-0. John Perry was strong again for Spingarn, completing 9 of 13 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 22-yard score … H.D. Woodson squandered an 18-0 halftime lead and lost at Glen Mills (Pa.), 33-18 to fall to 2-3.


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