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The Bowie High School football team will forfeit its scheduled Friday game against Charles H. Flowers, Bowie coach Jae Jackson said his athletic director informed him.

Jackson said the decision came after his team's 20-13 loss to Westlake on Saturday, but he declined to elaborate. He said he was uncertain whether the Westlake result would stand.

Bowie Athletic Director Jessica Brandt could not be reached for comment.

Prince George's Public Schools Athletic Director Earl Hawkins said the forfeit is due to the entire Bowie team being disqualified by the officials against Westlake.

“When students are disqualified from a game, they cannot play in the next game,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said Jackson is suspended for one additional game, Bowie's Sept. 21 contest against Suitland. Hawkins declined to provide the reason for the suspension and said Bowie's assistant coaches can work the Suitland game.

Westlake is also forfeiting its game this week, against Lackey. The Charles County Public Schools news release announcing the forfeit said that “the cancellation is a forfeit for Westlake as a result of a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct that occurred at a game last week.”

Westlake defeated Bowie with 2 seconds left in regulation on John Bell's 43-yard punt return for a touchdown. Both teams came onto the field in a benches-clearing fight in the third quarter.

According to the Southern Maryland newspapers, sister papers to The Gazette, four players, two from each side, were ejected during the fight.

dfeldman@gazette.net