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St. John’s and Gonzaga Will Not Compete In DCSAA 2016 Football Playoffs

By DCSAA, 09/30/16, 1:00PM EDT


By Mark Giannotto; WASHINGTON POST

St. John’s and Gonzaga of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference will not be included in this year’s D.C. State Athletic Association Class AA football playoffs due to player safety concerns, DCSAA executive director Clark Ray confirmed Friday.

Gonzaga won the previous two DCSAA Class AA championship games, beatingthree-time defending Turkey Bowl champion H.D. Woodson by a combined score of 70-12, including a 45-8 victory in 2015. Though the Warriors were competitive in the first half last year, they could not keep up while using many key players on both sides of the ball.