DCPS rejects Ballou appeal; H.D. Woodson, Dunbar to play in Turkey Bowl

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 24, 2010; 3:30 PM

Less than 21 hours before kickoff, the Turkey Bowl matchup is finally set. H.D. Woodson will face Dunbar after Ballou's appeal to regain its forfeited spot in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game was denied, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

The source said D.C. Public Schools acting chancellor Kaya Henderson will formally announce the decision Wednesday afternoon.

The game will be played at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastern High School.

Ballou initially earned a spot in Thursday's game after the Knights defeated Dunbar, 35-31, in the DCIAA semifinals on Nov. 13. Dunbar, however, filed a protest with the DCIAA the following week, alleging Ballou had used an ineligible player.

The DCPS offices of General Counsel and School Security completed an investigation last Friday that showed a grade of one Ballou player was improperly changed to ensure he maintained his eligibility at the end of the school year's first marking period, which concluded Oct. 28.

Consequently, DCPS ruled that the player was ineligible when Ballou played in the DCIAA semifinals and was required to forfeit its victory for using an ineligible player. Ballou filed an appeal of the decision on Monday, which was heard by DCPS General Counsel on Tuesday afternoon. A report of the hearing was then submitted to Henderson Tuesday evening.

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