Because of an overwhelming desire to attend college and escape the violence in the D.C. streets, H.D. Woodson senior Anthony Satterthwaite said yesterday he submitted a falsified birth certificate in order to play football and pursue a scholarship.

Satterthwaite, who turned 20 on Nov. 7, was declared ineligible by Interhigh League Athletic Director Sam Jones Thursday, following an intensive investigation. As a result, Woodson had to forfeit 10 games and a near certain berth in the league championship game. Eastern, which earned a division title as the result of Woodson's forfeits, and Wilson will meet for the Interhigh title Thanksgiving morning at Howard's Greene Stadium.

Although Jones met with school officials yesterday, no decision was revealed on possible disciplinary measures against Woodson Coach Bob Headen. Jones, who is believed to be seeking a suspension of Headen, refused to comment yesterday.

"I know what I did was wrong and I deeply apologize to my teammates, Coach Headen, my friends and the students and teachers at Woodson. I wanted to play football this year and earn a scholarship because I felt it was my only shot at going to college," Satterthwaite said in a lengthy interview yesterday. "I can't afford to go to college and I desperately want to go. I'm not a bad person and I'm afraid of these streets. I live in a tough area and a lot of my friends are in the {drug} life. I grew up around {street life} and I don't like the violence. I just want out of here.

"I feel so sorry about the forfeits and ashamed that Coach Headen is getting the blame for this. He didn't know what I was doing; in fact, no one did," said Satterthwaite, who has no brothers or sisters and lives with an aunt in Southeast Washington.

"When I turned in the first birth certificate, it read only 197 and didn't have a zero on the end. Coach wouldn't accept it. I got the idea to make it 1971 and had someone alter it for me. I thought about telling my good friends -- {teammates} Robert Jackson, Anthony Bradsher, Allen Johnson -- about it several times, but couldn't.

"I never thought anyone would check. I sure didn't want it to come to this."

Satterthwaite, who says he is actually closer to 6 feet and weighs only 250 pounds, became nervous when he learned that Eastern had filed a protest alleging Woodson had used an ineligible player.

"After the Carroll game {on Nov. 3}, some of the fellows and I went out to dinner. Allen looked me directly in the eye and asked me if was too old," said a somber Satterthwaite. "I told him no and felt awful. I couldn't look at him. I didn't go back to school Monday because I needed time to think.

"I've cried some and if I could pull a championship out of my pocket and give it to the school, I would. If someone else was in my shoes and felt the way I did about college, maybe they would understand. I want to go that bad."

Satterthwaite, who has not attended school since Nov. 5, says he definitely plans to attend school Monday and, if possible, would like to make a formal apology to the entire school.

"I don't expect to be welcomed back with open arms. I know it will be tough and yes, I'm a little nervous," he said. "But I have to go back. I want to get this behind me, work on my studies and try my best to get in school. I talked with Coach {Headen} this morning and the first thing he said was 'Come back.' I owe him a lot."

A defensive tackle, Satterthwaite averaged seven tackles and had four sacks in the nine games in which he participated. Jones said he had to forfeit 10 games because, although Satterthwaite did not play in the team's opening 46-0 win over Theodore Roosevelt, the senior's name appeared on the school participation form.

Satterthwaite said all the publicity and concern about his whereabouts the past week made him feel like a criminal.

"I don't like this type of celebrity status. I didn't celebrate my birthday last week because I felt so bad," he said. "I know this is the toughest learning experience I've ever had."

Satterthwaite played on the team in what was his sophomore year, dropped out of school for one year and came back last year and played the drums in the school band.

"I just made a mistake in dropping out. I didn't get in trouble and I had good grades in the 10th grade. I do know after being away awhile, I wanted to come back badly," Satterthwaite said. "I won't make that mistake again. I know football isn't everything. I want a degree. Football is my ticket to college and doing something with my life. In this society, sometimes a high school diploma isn't enough. I'm interested in computers and music. All I know is I don't want to end up like some of my friends. I had some good friends when I left school. I hope they are still my friends when I come back."

Satterthwaite gave an interview to WUSA-TV-9 reporter Joan Gartlan Thursday, after he was promised he could meet sports anchor Glenn Brenner. Satterthwaite went to the station but Brenner was not working. Satterthwaite instead met Sonny Jurgensen and Ken Mease and remained to watch the taping of the "Redskins Sideline" show.

During taping, Satterthwaite, who was sitting in the audience, was called upon and asked a football question.

Satterthwaite said he enjoyed the show and looked forward to seeing himself on television when it is aired today.