IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., defeated Hialeah Champagnat Catholic on Friday by a final score of 48-8, but that was only through less than two quarters.
With six minutes left in the second quarter, a player from each side got into a scuffle and both were ejected.
And that is where the game ended. Champagnat Catholic immediately grabbed its gear, went to the locker room and then headed for the buses with the game ending in a forfeit,
Another suggested the coaches feared more ejections would could lead to suspension for next week’s 2A playoff game. Champagnat, the defending 2A state champions, faces Jupiter Christian on Nov. 14.
USA TODAY Sports contacted each coach for details on what happened:
Champagnat coach Michael Tunsil issued a brief statement before hanging up on a reporter: “Ask his AD what happened, how he embarrassed the school. Don’t call me, call him.”
IMG coach Chris Weinke in a text message to USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Corbett said: “We were winning 48-8. We kicked the ball off and there was an initial penalty on them for blocking below the waist. There were a few guys pushing and shoving. Refs declared that one guy from each team was ejected.
“So, with 6:00 remaining in the second quarter, they just started walking off the field and headed to the locker room, then, proceeded to get on the bus. It was very disappointing. I felt bad for our kids, especially for our seniors and their parents in their final high school game.’’
With the victory, IMG finished its season at 10-1 and took a team photo afterward (see above)
At the time of the forfeit, IMG had outgained Champagnat 267 yards to 99 and had scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions.
Champgnat was scheduled to play powerhouse Cocoa in Week 1 and canceled.
Then, less than a week before a showdown with 3A state champion Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), Champagnat called to say it wasn’t making the trip, according to Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey in an interview with the Jacksonville Times-Union at the time.
Champagnat had lost 48-13 the previous game and cited injuries for the cancellation against Trinity.