“Mess” is an understatement when it comes to Ohio’s Bishop Sycamore. In 48 hours since we played defending champions IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) On national television on Sunday, we’ve learned that the Columbus, Ohio school played two games in three days last weekend; has sacked his soccer head coach Roy Johnson; and loses pending opponents faster than you can say “convicted”.
On August 13, Johnson appeared with me on the High School Football America podcast to discuss his fledgling program of playing one of the toughest high school football fixtures in the nation, the eight teams making up the national rankings for the 2021 preseason high School Football America 100 included.
The national television debacle on Sunday on ESPN and the past two days have left a mark on our great game.
At the time of my interview with Johnson, he seemed sincere, talking about building a national high school soccer program as “an online charter school that helps students at risk”.
“The Centurions, trained by Roy Johnson, are not your typical high school football program. It would be better to call Bishop Sycamore a prep school with several postgraduate players. “
from the story of High School Football America on August 13th
Johnson said one of his short-term goals was to “create a three-team program – one that plays a high school varsity schedule in Ohio; one that plays a national game schedule only with high school age players; and a third that plays only with college graduates against prep schools.
While Johnson spoke at length about playing IMG on national television last year and this year, Johnson never announced that he would do the unthinkable of getting his young men to play in western Pennsylvania on Friday and IMG on Sunday.
Now that all untruths are exposed, Johnson has been released from his duties.
For the remainder of the season, the Dallas Morning News reported that Duncanville’s September 10 game against Bishop Sycamore would be canceled.
This week’s opponent, Johnson Central in Kentucky, announced on Twitter that they are looking for a new opponent for the Centurions.
Friday’s game against Bishop Sycamore was canceled.
Johnson Central is currently looking for an opponent for the open date on Friday.
– Johnson Central Athletics (@JCAthletics_) August 31, 2021
Maryland’s DeMatha also canceled his October 1st game with Bishop Sycamore.
Wa Post story about Bishop Sycamore in Ohio. DeMatha won’t be playing at school in October: https: //t.co/0PPgGKbhKW
– DeMathaHighSchool (@DeMathaCatholic) August 31, 2021
Whether you will be seeing Bishop Sycamore on TV anytime soon, FloFootball.com has also announced that the Centurions game against St. Frances Academy, Maryland on October 22nd, will not be broadcast on its platform as previously announced on awfulannouncement.com.
When all is said and done, hopefully all of Sycamore’s opponents will end their games on a program that “fooled” many and left a mark on the great game of high school football.