Dunbar was forced to forfeit its game against Southwestern on Saturday because too many Poets were ineligible to play the game.
The players were suspended for leaving the bench and brawling at the end of last week’s game against Dunbar (D.C.) in the I-95 Kickoff Classic. There were not enough available players for the Poets to play with, according to coach Lawrence Smith.
“The thing is, you do things and you’ve got to deal with the consequences,” Smith told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a loss, but we’ll rebound from it. It’s a life lesson for the kids. These kids, they go on and some of them play in college and they will always remember this and learn from it and you hope they will use better judgement in the future.”
The Poets (1-1) will have all of their players back for this Saturday’s game against City College. Southwestern (2-0) earned its second win of the season, having defeated Lake Clifton 26-6 in the opening week. The game officially went into the record books as a 2-0 Southwestern victory.
The brawl with Dunbar (D.C.) came with 4:33 remaining in regulation and with the Poets up 22-8. Both teams’ benches cleared, resulting in automatic suspensions for those who ran onto the field.