NEWS & NOTES

Retirement,

By the Number

The mother of a former Coolidge High School football player is looking for answers to how her son's retired jersey number showed up on the field last night as she sat in the stands watching the Colts play Anacostia.

Geraldine Williams, mother of David Moncrieffe, a 1997 Coolidge graduate, claims her son's No. 48 jersey was retired following an athletic banquet at the Northwest school two years ago, where she said then-Coolidge coach Reesie Morgan presented her son with the framed white home jersey with orange numerals that still hangs in her living room.

Williams said she was shocked to see another Coolidge player wearing the same numbered jersey her son, who now attends college in Pennsylvania, wore during his days as a Colt.

Needless to say, what Williams saw concerns her, as she said she was unaware the No. 48 jersey was going to be brought out of retirement without her notification. "I'm still participating with the team, still cooking for the team, still cheering," Williams said. "I'm the loudest mom on the team. My son has really been cheated out of this."

Williams became aware of the situation this year when she tried to get a gray away jersey with the number her son wore. She said she was told she could not get the jersey, and that Morgan did not properly retire her son's number.

Coolidge Athletic Director McClinton Brown delivered the news. "His number was unofficially retired," Brown said. "The coach [Morgan] did it, but he did not have authorization."

Brown said if a coach wants to retire a number, he or she must report it to the athletic director, who must get the principal's approval. "Under the circumstances, which I explained to her," said Brown, "the AD only knew of the jersey the night of the banquet. I told her that."

So for now, Brown said another Colts player probably will continue to wear No. 48, with the school's final decision about the number coming at the end of the season.

Watkins Mill Spreads the Wealth

Talk about getting everyone involved. Watkins Mill completed 11 passes to 11 different receivers during the Wolverines' 35-14 win over Sherwood.

WORTH QUOTING

"I hadn't warmed up. . . . Trip and I have been friends since we played T-ball together. I knew he'd make the grab."

-- Andrew Eastman,

Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior backup quarterback, on throwing the game-winning 44-yard touchdown pass on his first play of the game. Eastman, who came in for the injured Oliver Duncan, found teammate Trip O'Connell for the score to beat Whitman.

BY THE NUMBERS

10

The number of consecutive victories Dunbar, the defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, has against league opponents.

11

Number of consecutive defeats Blair has suffered dating from last season.

115

Rushing carries by opponents against the No. 4 Gaithersburg defense.

120

Total rushing yards yielded by the Gaithersburg defense after last night's 36-0 win over Watkins Mill.