East Forsyth moves to (3-0), gains forfeit victory from Rocky Mount

Posted by Andy Durham on September 9, 2008 at 4:52 pm under High School | 12 Comments to Read

Things just keep getting better for the East Forsyth football team.

East, coming off resounding wins over Reynolds and Glenn, now has another win — a forfeit victory that reversed a season-opening loss to Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount, ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A by The Associated Press, beat East 43-14 on Aug. 22. But officials at Rocky Mount discovered several days after the win that an ineligible player had played, and they reported the infraction to the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

As punishment under NCHSAA policy, Rocky Mount must forfeit the win and pay a $250 fine.

All of a sudden, East Forsyth is 3-0.

“In the aspect of possible rankings and playoff situations, obviously it’s a big deal for us,” Coach Todd Willert of East said. “You hate to get a win this way, but sometimes things happen, and obviously we would be more than happy to take it. It gives the kids a little more excitement, too. Maybe we can use this to motivate the kids, give them something to take advantage of.”

Michael Gainey, the athletics director at Rocky Mount, said that the player in question didn’t have enough credits last spring to be promoted to the senior class.

“It happens everywhere, and it’s something you do what you can to try and avoid,” Gainey said. “The kid met three of the four requirements, we just went to sleep on his promotion status. It’s an extra game, and it’s not going to prevent us from going to the playoffs.”

Coach B.W. Holt of Rocky Mount said he had two discussions with Que Tucker, the deputy executive director of the NCHSAA, last week.

Holt said that based on the wording in the NCHSAA handbook, he thinks that his school discovered and rectified the error in the given time frame and therefore shouldn’t be punished.

“It says in handbook at the end of each semester, the principal has eight schools days to check eligibility,” Holt said. “At the end of spring semester, the school days don’t start until the first day of school. We didn’t start school until Aug. 25.

“(The NCHSAA) says that the school days are over the summer, but that can’t be right. We don’t have guidance counselors working then.”

Holt said he plans to contact his superintendent to determine if he wants to continue challenging the ruling. Holt said that his school received a letter from the NCHSAA yesterday outlining the punishment.

East Forsyth is a member in proud standing of the Metro 4-A Conference along with Page, Grimsley, Smith and Northwest Guilford from Guilford County.

*****from journalnow.com at the Winston-Salem Journal with Mason Linker staff writer*****

  • Greg said,

    Andy it is about time you gave East Forsyth some coverage, not only are they one of the best teams in the Metro 4-A they have THE BEST QB in the Metro in Danny Obrien who has already signed with Maryland, lets give the kid some good coverage here at GS.com.

  • Joe said,

    I would not agree with that statemet concerning the QB. My vote is Will Newman at Page who has many offers but is undecided. DO is a solid QB but if you check the stats there is no comparison to Page QB.

  • PagePirates44 said,

    2 different types of QBs, but I have to give the tip of the ole hat to Will Newman for the best QB in the Metro. Will gets it done through the air and on the ground, and that is what makes him better.

  • Greg said,

    I do not think either one of you guys have seen DO play in person, he also gets it done on the ground and the air, wait till they play each other and you will see his stats against the page D, I think Andy will agree with me on this one if he has seen DO play this year.

  • joe said,

    Let me clear it up, I have seen both of them play, that’s my job. I am a local recruitor. So I have a little knowledge on what to look for in a QB. I can’t wait to see them play each other then we will see the stats. DO’s only advantage is his size.

  • PagePirates44 said,

    I saw him play last year, when we played each other.

  • John said,

    OB is rated the #1 QB in the STATE (not county) per Rivals.com and Scout.com by a longshot…Newnam not even ranked in anything.

    Also, OB ran for 120 yards on 20 carries vs. RJR, then the next week threw for 260 (240 in the first half before calling the dogs off) and 4 TDs against Glenn. If you look at the shrine bowl combine stats, DO is bigger, stronger, faster, and quicker than Newman as well. i dont see the comparison here

  • PagePirates44 said,

    Danny is bigger (hes taller by an inch and a half) and probably a bit stronger then Will, but faster and quicker.. no. Danny runs a 4.78, Will runs a 4.5 forty. Almost 3 tenths of a second is a lot. The only way to see who is better is when they play each other later on down the road.

  • John said,

    PagePirates44, I really don’t know where you pulled your times from. On the shrine bowl combine results online o’brien ran a 4.63 while will ran a 4.91. so while there IS a 3 tenths difference…its in o’briens favor. he also ran a faster shuttle, higher vert, faster 40, and more bench reps. but you are right that the only way to see who is better is to wait till they face off.

    i’m really anticipating a great game, as its looking like page and east will be the 2 contenders for the metro 4a this year. lots of talent on the field at one time. where is it at this year??

  • Joe (PP44) said,

    I got those numbers from Scout.com and NCPreps.rivals.com, both have Will running a 4.5, I talked to him on facebook and he told me that he got tripped up at the beginning of his 40 run at the Shrine Bowl combine, and still ran a 4.9.

    Also, here are the stats so far this season for passing. (from NCPreps.com)

    ——-Name—-School—Comp-Att–Yards— TDs
    Will Newman – Page – 29 – 50 – 445 – 6 TDs
    Danny O’Brien – E. Forsyth – 30 – 51 – 403 – 7 TDs

    That’s pretty even for passing stats.

    The game is @ Page this year. It should be a good game, but I think Page has the better defense.

  • John said,

    if any team page plays can challenge their defense its east, and vice versa.
    if east keeps their starters in past the first half, im predicting a 300 yard outing for ob

  • john said,

    for tonight, i meant