For the past two weeks, McNamara Coach Bryce Bevill and his coaching staff have scouted their opponent, put together a game plan and practiced to play their season opener. And for the past two weeks, all that work has gone to waste.
Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the Mustangs’ first scheduled game, against Mount St. Joseph on Aug. 27. A scheduling error – Bevill is unsure whom to blame – prompted this past Friday’s game at Coolidge to be canceled.
“Our kids didn’t get a chance to play,” said Bevill, whose team is eager to take the field and erase the sting of last season’s 0-10 record. “That’s who gets hurt in the end of all this. It’s painful. It hurts. But I feel for my kids and the Coolidge kids more than anyone else.”
McNamara is now scheduled to open its season Friday against Landon as part of the Patriot Classic at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. While that game seems certain to take place, Bevill was not ready to take anything for granted at this point.
“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” he said. “Break down film, get a game plan, practice and pray to God on Friday we don’t have an earthquake, hurricane or any other kind of natural disaster.”
He also hopes to pick up a game Oct. 8, when the Mustangs would have had a bye.
“If you know anybody that needs a game, tell them to call me,” Bevill said. “I’d love to get a game that week. I feel as though I’m back in 1984 playing boys club football and an eight-game schedule.” . . .
Among private schools that did get their games in this past weekend, Bullis running back Kevin Jones posted his 10th career 100-yard game, rushing for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-33 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken. Jones also had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown. . . .
By now, Ballou should be heading into its third game of its season. But for various reasons, the Knights still haven’t taken the field to face an opponent. The first game of the season was canceled because Theodore Roosevelt didn’t have enough eligible players.
And then, Friday, came another blow: because there was no doctor scheduled for Friday’s game against KIPP, as is required for all D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association games, yet another game was canceled.
“It’s kinda disappointing and frustrating,” first-year Ballou Coach Ed Shields said. “That’s what those kids look forward to and work hard for. And as coaches, we’re new so there are some kids we want to see. So it puts us at the same point and we’re not progressing.”
Shields said he was unsure why a doctor couldn’t be located for the 7 p.m. home game after he was told around noon that one wasn’t scheduled for the contest.
The missed games hurts players like senior wide receiver Dontray Crawford the most. Crawford, a late bloomer who didn’t begin playing football until last year, is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound player with plenty of potential. He had 366 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season and has worked hard in the offseason to develop further, Shields said.
Some colleges took notice. According to Shields, West Virginia was interested in Crawford but wanted film from the first three games before considering extending an offer. But without the first two games, Crawford has nothing to show other than his performances in scrimmages.
“He’s kind of disappointed,” Shields said. “He kind of hurt his toe but he was like, ‘Coach, I want to play through it and work hard to get that film.’”
After a bye week, the Knights are scheduled to next play in two weeks against Coolidge, which also hasn’t played either of its first two scheduled games. . . .
After wide receiver Delonte Mathews scored a touchdown and running back Curlee Walker ran in a two-point conversion, the Crimson Tide attempted an onside kick down 22-8. After the failed attempt, a Crimson Tide player hit an opposing player and he pushed back, Dunbar Coach Ashaa Cherry said. Then, more players joined in with pushing, shoving and thrown punches.
“It was a little heated after that,” he said. “For the most part, it was good game. It wasn’t much of a dirty game.”
Game officials decided not to resume play after order was restored. Cherry said Monday morning he was unsure if any suspensions would be handed down. . . .
No. 7 Friendship Collegiate (2-0) defeated Mount St. Joseph’s, 18-13, on Thursday in the I-95 Kickoff Classic without its starting quarterback Tim Brady. The junior’s knee was injured on the Knights’ second offensive play and he was forced to leave the game. Junior backup Brian White completed 9 of 16 passes for 132 yards. Brady should be ready to return for the upcoming game against Georgetown Prep, Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim said. . . .
Cardozo’s game Friday against Options was canceled because the Clerks didn’t have enough eligible players, Coach Bobby Richards said. There are 25 players on the roster but some hadn’t practiced the necessary days in full pads to be allowed to play, he said. Cardozo should have enough players available for its upcoming game against Anacostia, Richards said.