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Baltimore County Schools Ready for Some Football

Seven county schools qualify for the MPSSAA playoffs, which gets underway this weekend with the regional quarterfinals.

The field is set and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) football playoffs get underway this Friday and Saturday with the regional quarterfinals.

Baltimore County is well represented, with seven area schools making the postseason. The playoffs conclude on Dec. 2-3 with the state championship games at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Class 4A finals is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2; Class 1A will play at noon on Dec. 3, followed by the Class 2A finals at 3:30 p.m and the Class 3A state finals at 7 p.m.

Here are the regional quarterfinals games involving Baltimore County schools. The complete playoff matchups can be found on the MPSSAA website.

4A North

No. 4   (8-2) at No. 1  Poly (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday 

No. 3  Paint Branch (9-1) at No. 2  (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday

3A North

No. 3   (7-3) at No. 2  (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday

2A North

No. 4   (5-5) vs No. 1  Edmondson (6-4), 6 p.m. Saturday at Poly

No. 3 Lake Clifton (6-4) vs. No. 2 (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday at CCBC Essex

1A North

No. 4 Reginald Lewis (8-1) at No. 1 (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday

No. 3 Northwestern (8-1) at No. 2 (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Tim November 07, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Get'em Gators!
chsmm1 November 09, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Heard through the grapevine, that the (4N) Westminster Varsity football team were forced to take a forfeit (10/28 game) from the opposing team, when their Coach played a Westminster JV QB late in the game (Westminster was beating the other team like 50 to 7). The forfeit had something to do with JV QB had played earlier in the week for his JV team and this is a rule violation (I tried to find this rule..anyone??). So, this forfeit gave Westminster their 2nd loss of the season (8-2 overall record) and therefore they didn't advance to the 4N playoffs. So, was this the right punishment for the whole Westminster football team (a forfeit which ended their season) when their coach made the mistake or should the coach be suspended for the next game for this rule violation? If anyone knows anymore about this please share.. http://www.carrollcountymval.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=389&cwellOnly=1&G5button=833&name_7_1_31_57=Fall
chsmm1 November 09, 2011 at 11:17 AM
see article from Westminster patch: http://westminster.patch.com/articles/westminster-high-football-team-beats-south-carroll-loses-appeal-to-overturn-manchester-valley-forfeit Another unfortunate situation where the players are not allowed to advance to playoffs b/c of forfeit.
Tim November 09, 2011 at 01:48 PM
There is a distinct difference in this case, chsmm1. In the Westminster case, the forfeit was required per the rules of the league. Am I correct in saying this? That's my understanding. In the PH case, it was the principal going above and beyond anything required initially...then changing his mind when he realized he over-reacted. This was an error by the head coach. He should KNOW this rule. It's a basic eligibility rule. I do feel bad for the kids, but I don't know how you punish the coach and not the program here. My question would be: Is there any precedent for this? Meaning - in the high school sports history as run by this organization, has there ever been a similar case? If yes, how was it handled? If it was handled as a forced forfeit, then there you go. Either way, valid or not, it is definitely sad and unfortunate for the kids, who did nothing wrong. Sucks.
chsmm1 November 09, 2011 at 03:25 PM
See comment below per Kym Byrnes, one of the editors @ Westminster patch.... "On Patch Saturday, the situation is explained to some extent. Westminster did "illegally" use a player in the game against Manchester Valley which later resulted in Westminster being forced to forfeit the game. This decision changed their record which meant they did not move on to Regional playoffs, in spite of having an excellent season and winning the county title. There is a lot of finger pointing going on right now, the head coach said he asked the athletic director who said he asked the county supervisor of athletics, so no one is really sure who made the call that ultimately led to the decision to allow a player to be played "illegally". But I think we all agree that it is very unfortunate, whoever bears the blame for the mistake, that the players who worked so hard this season are the ones who ultimately pay the price. We love our Owls :)" I realize that the forfeit was based on different circumstances. The biggest difference was it only involved 1 player, a coach, athletic director, and county supervisor of athletics, not the entire team. I tried to find the specific rule in the NFHS rules, but didn't succeed. So, I'm not sure what type of punishments that can be administered for this type of violation. The one thing in common is the sore loser mentality. The Manchester Valley football team was getting beat 57 to 7 by Westminster. They file a complaint about JV QB that subbed in Varsity QB
Tim November 09, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Yeah, the MPHSAA website leaves a lot to be desired. I tried to find a girls soccer bracket to no avail last night. Definitely also agree with the sore loser mentality. If MV proactively filed the complaint, that's just pathetic. Take your beating and move on. Boy, Dulaney Valley must be bitter this morning, both teams eliminated by Perry Hall, and both teams winning the region. :)
Chris November 10, 2011 at 03:39 AM
The website is very easy to find. www.mpssaa.org click on girls soccer link and then the region. Eastern is 3A and Perry Hall is 4A. Not hard.

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