Norwich Free Academy (Conn.) coach Jemal Davis won't be on the sideline when the Wildcats visit Bacon Academy (Colchester, Conn.) on Saturday. The reason? His team won its previous game by too many points.
A safety on a blocked punt with 3 minutes to play pushed NFA's lead over Stamford to 51-0. That wound up being the final score, making NFA in violation of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference's 50-point rule. The six-year-old rule stipulates that any game with a scoring margin of 50 points or more is reviewed by the CIAC panel, which may decide to issue a one-game suspension. (Originally, violation of the rule resulted in an automatic one-game suspension.)
NFA saved the panel the trouble of reviewing the tape by voluntarily suspending Davis for a game.
“We strongly support all CIAC efforts to support sportsmanship,” NFA athletic director Gary Makowicki told the Norwich Bulletin. “There’s a rule in place, we broke the rule and we’re self-imposing the penalty.”
Stamford coach Bryan Hocter criticized Davis for leaving his starters in the game for most of the fourth quarter.
Davis, who was permitted to coach the team throughout the week, supported the decision to self-impose the penalty.