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Trevon Diggs celebrates a touchdown with Wootton as they defeated B-CC. Wootton is flying a little lower after having to forfeit its opening day victory against Walter Johnson. Photo by Patrick Heflin.

Trevon Diggs celebrates a touchdown with Wootton as they defeated B-CC. Wootton is flying a little lower after having to forfeit its opening day victory against Walter Johnson. Photo by Patrick Heflin.

Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

The Wootton football team forfeited its season-opening 41-0 victory over Walter Johnson for using an ineligible player.

An investigation over the residency of sophomore Daqwan Hill revealed the player in question resides in the Clarksburg district.

“All I have to do is check residency papers,” said Wootton head coach Tyree Spinner. “If his residency papers are in my hand, I’m going to play him. Why wouldn’t I want him? He’s the best running back in the county if you ask me.”

Instead of entering this weekend’s home game against Whitman on their new turf field with a 3-0 record, the Patriots will fall to 2-1 while Walter Johnson improves to 1-2.

Hill transferred to Wootton from Good Counsel and played running back for the Patriots. He rushed for 129 yards on 18 carries and scored on a four-yard run against Walter Johnson. He also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Ellis in the season-opener.

Meanwhile, Springbrook was forced to forfeit its 14-7 victory last week against Clarksburg for using an ineligible player. The win gives the Coyotes a 1-2 record heading into this weekend’s road matchup at Blake. However, Springbrook (0-3) remains winless and will be seeking its first victory when the Blue Devils host Blair this weekend.

The unidentified player turned 19 years old during the summer according to Springbrook head coach Adam Bahr.

“The error was on MY part only and not on the part of anyone but me,” Bahr posted on the mocofootball website message board. “I am so sorry for sullying my school’s reputation and sorry for the pain my players feel for having to forfeit. I respect the integrity of the sport. I respect the state and county rules. I am sorry that I was not thorough enough in my record-keeping.”

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