The first ejection in Gaithersburg football coach John Harvill's 43-year coaching career will cost him a spot on the sideline in Friday's Maryland 4A final.
Harvill, who was ejected from last Friday's 13-0 semifinal victory over Severna Park for arguing an official's call, said he will not be allowed on the field when his fourth-ranked Trojans play No. 5 Eleanor Roosevelt in Friday's 7 p.m. final at Byrd Stadium.
"Sure it's disappointing," Harvill said. "They told me I can't be on the sideline, but I can watch from the press box."
Calls placed to Ned Sparks, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive director, were not returned.
Harvill, 316-106 in his career at Gaithersburg, won his only title in 1986, when the Trojans beat Springbrook, 28-14.
"I'll be at practice all week, so I still will be able to get my systems in," Harvill said. "They did what they had to do. I can respect that."
Harvill was ejected late in the fourth quarter after he charged onto the field to challenge a referee. The coach was upset by an illegal formation call that resulted in an apparent Gaithersburg touchdown being called back.
The referee initially ignored Harvill, but when he persisted, the official called a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Moments later, Harvill was ejected.
Assistant coach Pat Calvin will direct Gaithersburg in Harvill's absence.