As first reported in the Baltimore Sun by Sandra McKee (10/8/08), the Joppatowne Mariners football team has forfeited their first three games of the season due to an ineligible player participating.
The Mariners have been a contender in Class 1A East, making a habit of going deep in the playoffs for several years now. So for the boys on the rest of the team, it’s hard not to feel for them. “It’s a hardship for the team,” noted Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools.
Kranefeld said when registering a child into school “we rely heavily on parents to supply accurate information.” If they move, parents are expected to keep the school system posted. Kranefeld said that Joppatowne has been very cooperative.
“When the school received the report they immediately did an investigation and took appropriate action. They are doing everything they possibly can.”
Joppatowne is seeking an appeal through the MPSSAA (Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association). Kranefeld suspected that the ruling on the appeal would come out sometime around the beginning of November.
The student, who Kranefeld could not name for confidentiality reasons, is no longer on the football team and is “where he’s supposed to be,” she added.
Is this a common theme in Harford County Schools? According to Kranefeld, no. Let’s hope not.
The Mariners are forfeiting, at least for now, the games played between North Carroll (26-7, Mariners) Havre de Grace (20-0, Mariners) and North East (34-0, Mariners).
Here is where the Mariners stack up on the MPSSAA website in points (keep in mind the top four seeds make the playoffs.)
The Mariners will have the opportunity to gain some ground in the hunt for the playoffs. With the five games remaining, hosting (3A East) Bel Air (Oct 10 for homecoming), at (3A East) North Harford (Oct. 16), at (3A East) Fallston (Oct. 24), at (2A East) Rising Sun (Oct. 31) and hosting (4A North) C. Milton Wright (Nov 7) they can help themselves if they continue on their road of being perfect.