Saturday, November 05, 2011

Championship win ends season

"Despite defeating rival South Carroll, 39-6, to win the unofficial Carroll County championship, Dallas Dacote #21 of the Westminster Owls shows his emotion because his team lost an appeal which abruptly ended their season, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at South Carroll High School in Skyesville, Md."

That's an odd saying - Championship win ends season. Unfortunately for the Westminster Owls high school football team, that's exactly what happen.

On the field, they were perfect as they defeated rival South Carroll, 39-6, to win the unofficial Carroll County championship. Off the field was another story.

The Owls coach learned they would have to forfeit a prior game.

Losing the appeal left no chance for the Owls to advance to next week's regional playoffs - ending their season after an amazing finish in the county championship.

What was honorable, was that the coach said his players did not want to know the outcome of the ruling, so he waited until after the game to tell them.

So in a matter of about five minutes, I saw nothing but joy as the game ended. Hugs, high-fives and pure happiness. To defeat a rival, one that was perfect against county opponents since 2009 I believe, in the county championship is speical.

But to watch as players and coaches broke down in tears minutes later after hearing the appeal result is heart-breaking. I cannot imagine the feeling of being punished and stripped of a playoff opportunity for a mistake that the team didn't intentionally commit.

My heart goes out to the team. If nothing else, they ended how I think any athlete would want to - with a win.


Anonymous Guy Rhodes said...

The fact that the players didn't want to know the ruling until after the game reflects upon why I enjoy shooting high school sports so much - they're really in it for the love of the game.

Saturday, November 05, 2011 4:40:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

I totally agree. It's all about passion.


Saturday, November 05, 2011 7:43:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

3 plays and they punish them like that? Wow talk about taking it to far. How sad. I would be pissed if I were a coach/parent/player.

If the player had no effect on the outcome the punishment should not be that harsh.

Sunday, November 06, 2011 9:08:00 AM  

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