Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest faces disappointment after being disqualified from the 2012 Turkey Bowl.
According to a statement issued by Melissa Salmanowitz, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) spokesperson, Wilson which would have been playing in the Thanksgiving Day game again for the first time since 1991, was yanked due to an ineligible player. Salmonowitz added that the decision followed an investigation into the player's home residency after he was arrested on an armed robbery charge. Because it was determined the player lived in Maryland and not in the District, the whole team was disqualified from playing, she stated.
Anacostia High School will now compete with Dunbar High School in the game that has become a tradition during the holiday.
"Wilson had to forfeit the games in which this player was on the field, including two league games," Salmanowitz said.
"The forfeiture of the two league games made them ineligible for the playoffs and the Turkey Bowl."
Meanwhile, Wilson principal Peter Cahall has appealed the decision, stating in an email to parents of the school’s football team that he can't accept DCPS’s decision.
"I have made a formal appeal to the State Superintendent of Schools based on information that the rules have not been fairly and consistently administered,” Cahall wrote. "In the end, as long as we have due process and the rules are applied fairly and consistently, I can and will accept and support any decision for or against us."
Sources: DCPS, WJLA