Lansdowne's 29-game losing streak, the area's longest, came to an end two weeks ago. Not that the Vikings are thrilled about it.
The streak ended when Chesapeake-BC was forced to forfeit its 58-16 victory over Lansdowne for unknowingly using ineligible players.
Although Lansdowne technically ended its season at 1-9, athletic director Ed Walker and coach Terry Ward were reluctant celebrants.
"If there was a way to not accept the win, they [Vikings] would have preferred to do that," Walker said. "They would rather win the game on the field."
Bayhawks coach Rick Zentz reported the violation to athletic director Ron McMillion as soon as he became aware of it.
"The score was 50-16 going into the final quarter, and he [Zentz] played a couple of junior-varsity guys," said McMillion. "But they had played Thursday in their JV game and playing on Friday violated a state rule."
The rule prohibits high school football players from participating in two games during a one-week period. The rules do provide for one extra game to be played as a makeup, for instance, when a game is postponed for some reason -- say from Friday or Saturday to the Monday before the next game.
"Our interpretation, once we knew we violated a state rule, was to stand up and admit it," said Zentz, whose team finished 8-2.
Even with the victory, however, the Bayhawks (8.64 average) would not have qualified for the 2A playoffs over eighth seed Dunbar (8.65).
Bull on wrestling
The Maryland State Wrestling Association is sponsoring its third annual Johnny Eareckson Memorial Oyster and Bull Roast Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
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A footnote to Lake Clifton's football season: The Lakers had 6-0 first-quarter leads but did not score again in losses to No. 1 Poly, 37-6, No. 5 Dunbar, 16-6, and No. 10 Patterson, 14-6.
The Lakers led Patterson for all but 13 minutes and led Dunbar for all but five minutes.
After going 1-19 in two previous seasons, Lake Clifton's football team had a fantastic turnaround under coach David White. The Lakers (7-3) narrowly missed qualifying for the 4A state playoffs.
"The three teams we lost to, especially the last one, really hurt," said White, whose squad will return 20 quality players, including 10 to 12 starters.
In addition, the Lakers' junior varsity, coached by James Monroe, overcame a 14-0 deficit to win the 4A/3A/2A title from previously unbeaten Poly, 26-14. It was the Lakers' first-ever victory over Poly, White said.
Thomas Walker scored twice and Jerry Keaton and Tyrell Lowery each scored once for the junior-varsity Lakers.
"I think now we know what it takes to be in the playoffs," said White. "Many of these kids already are talking about next year -- so it could be a blessing."
Lakers wide receiver Dennis Harding, a Division I prospect, is being pursued by several colleges, including Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.