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The Thomas S. Wootton High School football team forfeited its season-opening 41-0 win over Walter Johnson High School.

Wootton Athletic Director Christopher Thompson said the team used a player who was ineligible due to improper residency during the Sept. 7 game

“It was more of a case of trying to help a kid out and get him to a different place, and he just happened to be a good football player,” Thompson sad. “I know it looks bad, but I think it was more of a situation he was in previously, they were trying to be in a better situation.”

William “Duke” Beattie, the county’s director of system-wide athletics, said the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association was notified Monday of the forfeit. Beattie also said no other Wootton games are being investigated.

Wootton falls to 2-1, erasing what had been the team’s first 3-0 start in at least a decade. On the field, Wootton has been dominant, beating Walter Johnson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Winston Churchill High School by a combined score of 106-14.

Wootton coach Tyree Spinner did not return a call seeking comment.

Walter Johnson improves to 1-2.

dfeldman@gazette.net