Photo by Dennis Thomas
Morrow’s first-year coach Creswell Foy has the Mustangs off to their best start since the 2004 state quarterfinalist squad.
MORROW — Morrow’s boys’ basketball team will be two victories shorter in the win column after having to forfeit two of its games — including tonight’s Region 2-AAAAAA clash against Newton — due to an incidental scheduling conflict.
Athletic director Greg Kirkland said the forfeitures came about when he caught a scheduling mistake that put Morrow over the Georgia High Schools Association mandated limit of 25 scheduled games a team can play in one regular season.
The confusion came in part because of a tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., that the Mustangs participated in earlier in the season that bumped the team over the limit.
“I caught it and we self reported to GHSA,” Kirkland said. “It’s not going to affect us too much in the standings though.
In addition to the cancellation of tonight’s game against Newton, Kirkland said Morrow had to also forfeit Saturday’s non-region victory against Stockbridge. The losses dropped Morrow (16-8, 6-5) from a tie for first in the region with Rockdale County into a tie for fourth with Newton.
First-year coach Creswell Foy said he felt confident, however, that the setbacks would not do much damage to the team’s regular season region title aspirations.
“We’ll be straight,” Foy said. “We’ll be better as a team from what happened in this little incident. We’ve got Rockdale on Friday night. Everybody’s eligible. We’ll be fine. I can’t wait.”
Foy wanted to also make clear that the forfeitures had nothing to do with the eligibility of any of his players.
“We didn’t lose anybody,” Foy said. “That’s not the way I run a program.”
The Morrow girls will still play Newton tonight at home at 7:00 p.m.