Both teams had completed their warm-ups, final team meetings and the teams had gone to their respective sidelines when all the pregame activities came to a screeching halt.
"I have been a referee for the past 20 years and I have never seen anything like this,” explained WZAC’s color analyst Doug Kennedy to their listening audience. “I have seen a lot of things, but never a scheduled game with no officials.”
When all of the pieces of the puzzle were put together the only logical answer to the problem was the fact that no officials had been hired to cover the game.
It all started in the off season when South Point, OH dropped their scheduled September 9th game with the Skyhawks. That left a void in the Scott schedule so they scheduled the game with Westside.
To compound the problem the administration changed at Scott High between the school year, about the time the change was made to the Scott schedule. A new principle and a new assistant principle/athletic director were hired effective with the new school that began in August so the entire problem appeared to be timing/communication issue.
Coaches and officials from both schools immediately began talking and trying to work out a solution, but to no avail.
According to our sources, Westside principle Deborah Marsh, who did not attend the game, wanted Scott to forfeit and give the win to Westside. Scott declined so Marsh called the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission who oversees high school sporting events and for a clarification on the situation and to ask for a forfeit.
After several conversations back and forth, the two schools finally agreed to a “no contest” which means it basically works as if the game was never scheduled. No win, no loss and no tie.
“We made every effort to play this game,” explained Scott coach Shane Griffith. “We made every offer we knew possible to get this game in and they flat out refused.”
Speaking from the locker room after the game had been called; Griffith explained all the offers Scott had been made. They included getting a team of referees from another local game and start between 9:30 to 10 p.m., reschedule the game on Saturday night, play the game at Westside, play the game at a later date at their convenience and so on. “We even offered to bring in food and refreshments for their team to hold them over for a late start and they declined every offer made.”
“Our decision was a forced one,” added Griffith, who was not happy with the situation. “If we did not agree to a “no contest” decision then it would have been a forfeit.”
With both teams ranked, a lot was on the line when it came to WVSSAC points as both teams had a lot to gain. Points will now be calculated as if both teams had a nine game schedule and could have playoff implications at the end of the season.
To compound the problem it was Scott’s Homecoming, which dampened the situation along with the rain that moved into area just prior to the parade that began at 5 p.m.
After the game was called around 8 p.m. school officials went ahead with the crowning ceremonies of Mr. and Miss Skyhawk that were originally slated for halftime.
Kenny Green was crowned as Mr. Skyhawk and Kelsey Scott as crowned as Miss Skyhawk.
Green is a 4-year member of the Black and Gold Football team (captain two years) and hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs this season. He plans to pursue a career in law enforcement upon graduation.
Scott is member of the tennis team (captain), varsity cheerleader, ski club, Math Field Day team, National Honor Society, Student Body President among other organizations the school.
She also attended the Governor’s Honors Academy and Rhododendron Girls State. She plans to enter the engineering program at WVU and later pursue a career in Law.
Other Mr. Skyhawk candidates included Jesse Belcher, Jonathan Elkins, Dustin Mitchell and Zach Paitsel.
Other Miss Skyhawk candidates included Whitney Browning, Paige DeHart, Sarah Holstein and Allison Ferrell.
In other related homecoming activities; the senior girls won the “Powder Puff” football game, the sophomore boys won the “Power Puff” cheering competition, and the freshman won the float contest.
Scott (3-1) will travel to Wayne on Friday to take on the (3-2) Pioneers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Van (4-1) shutout Sherman (0-5), 30-0, in a county matchup Friday night at Van.
This week Van travels to Clay-Battelle, while Sherman hosts Class AA #1 ranked Shady Spring.