The coaches and captains from Long Reach and Oakland Mills high schools will meet today to defuse any lingering tensions that surfaced when security had to pull players apart following Long Reach's 21-14 overtime victory over the defending Maryland 1A champion in a Howard County game in Columbia on Saturday.
"Players from both teams tossed verbal barbs and pushed and shoved each other when Long Reach's victory celebration got too close to Oakland Mills's bench," said Long Reach Coach Pete Hughes, whose team is now 5-3, 5-2 in the county.
Hughes said no one was injured during the altercation.
"Our principal has made arrangements for both coaches and captains to meet so that any bad blood doesn't spill over" when the schools meet again this year for games in other sports, Hughes said. "It is a shame that the incident at the end overshadowed a great game."
Oakland Mills (0-8, 0-7) was forced to forfeit all five of its victories this season on Friday after discovering and reporting an eligibility violation.
Oakland Mills Principal Marshall Peterson and Athletic Director Ken Klock reported the infraction to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association after they received a tip that a member of the varsity football team did not live in the Oakland Mills district or Howard County.
Klock did not return a phone call to comment yesterday and Peterson also was unavailable.
Best of Both Worlds
Annandale pulled off yet another unlikely win on Friday when it upset previously unbeaten and then-No. 10 Robinson, 47-27, in what has been a season filled with surprising victories and disappointing losses.
"They're a lot better team than their record indicates," Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf said. "Within three minutes, they scored four touchdowns. That was a pretty tough hole for us to come out of."
Annandale (5-3, 2-2 in Virginia's AAA Patriot District) raced to a 21-0 first-quarter advantage highlighted by J.R. Conteh's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Conteh finished the night with three touchdowns--two on special teams and one rushing.
Annandale also defeated No. 20 Gar-Field, 14-6, and then-No. 3 West Potomac, the Patriot District defending champion, 28-14.
Gonzaga Athletic Director Jerry Radford said Coach Maus Collins was resting comfortably at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. Collins became dizzy during halftime of Gonzaga's 14-6 loss to No. 3 DeMatha Saturday. He was taken by fire and rescue officials to Prince George's Hospital Center in Landover, where he underwent tests, Radford said. Collins, 68, has diabetes and was believed to have had a low blood-sugar level, Radford said. Collins has been transferred to Montgomery General for further evaluation.