Nov 1, 2012 12:21 PM
The Beechwood High School football team will go into the playoffs extremely short-handed.
According to KyPost.com, Beechwood coach Noel Rash will suspend as many as 19 players after they were caught drinking at a party on the property of Ludlow City Administrator Brian Richmond.
A Cincinnati TV station reports that the coach was still trying to determine if 18 or 19 players were actually involved. He said he would suspend all first-time offenders for the opening round playoff game against Bracken County and kick any repeat offenders off the team.
Richmond's 15-year-old son plays for the Tigers. The city official claims he knew his son was having friends over, but the gathering grew with the help of social media. Richmond claims the students were not drinking on his property. He says neighbors found a large number of empty beer cans in a shed, and he thinks the drinking was going on there.
Richmond released a written statement.
We were aware that our son and several of his high-school friends recently had gathered around a bonfire near our house, but we were not aware that any violation of team rules were occurring that night. To the extent there may have been, we trust it is being handled accordingly.
Beechwood (6-4) will face Bracken County (5-5) at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. Rash told reporters he expects his players to battle through the adversity.
"This is a teaching moment and we've been forged by fire," Rash said. "We will play 'Beechwood football' this Friday and make our community proud as they've always been."