Atholton to forfeit first football game for practice violation
Atholton's football team will have to forfeit its season opener against Glenelg for holding a summer practice a week earlier than the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association allows.
Raiders coach Kyle Schmitt reported the violation as soon as he realized it and said he misinterpreted the rule, according to a news release issued Monday by Howard County coordinator of athletics Mike Williams.
"It is clearly my mistake," Schmitt said in the news release. "Our players, parents and administration were unaware of any wrongdoing."
The Sept. 2 game at Glenelg at 7 p.m. will go on as scheduled. The Raiders finished 8-2 last season and reached the regional semifinals where they fell to eventual state champ Wilde Lake.
"Nothing is more important than our integrity," Atholton athletic director Mike Senisi said in the news release. "[Schmitt has] done all the right things [in accepting responsibility]. The game will be played in good faith so that both our students and Glenelg's students get the full benefit of participation in the interscholastic athletic program."