High school football: OSSAA investigation remains open into football game forfeiture
An Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association investigation into a forfeiture during an Oklahoma high school football game last Friday remains open as of Thursday afternoon.
A spokesperson with the association confirmed with The Oklahoman the OSSAA remains in contact with administrators at Maud Public Schools over its team's forfeit against Wilson last Friday.
Maud coach Kenon White declined to comment but told The Oklahoman on Thursday evening that Maud Public Schools will release a statement on Friday.
Wilson led 14-0 with 7:30 left in the second quarter when one of its players tackled a kid near Maud's sideline. White argued for a horse-collar penalty and brought his players to the sidelines, according to a text message obtained by The Oklahoman sent from one of Wilson's coaches to the OSSAA on Friday following the game.
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Maud didn't call timeout, which resulted in a delay of game penalty after the ready-for-play whistle was sounded, according to the text message. Then, White had his players head to the 50-yard line to shake hands.
Wilson coach Kenny Ridley then asked White at midfield not to do this, to which White replied, "We can't fight you and the referees both," according to the text message.
The game is listed as a 2-0 forfeit by Maud on the OSSAArankings page. Per OSSAA rules, if a coach “removes his/her team from the playing area, the game shall be forfeited and the school or team automatically placed on probation.”
Attempts to reach Ridley by The Oklahoman were unsuccessful as of Thursday evening.