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Wilson is protesting its loss to Coolidge last week to DCIAA officials, alleging that the Colts used an ineligible player.

The player in question is former midget football legend Sirlee Monzey, a recent addition to the Coolidge squad.

Perhaps the Wilson athletic department’s investigation into Monzey’s background is coincidental, but: At the end of the Coolidge game, Wilson athletic director Eddie Saah, with whom I had just discussed DCIAA eligibility rules, was spitting mad on the sidelines, accusing the Colts of running up the score rather than running out the clock.

Saah’s accusation was dead-on: Coolidge’s last touchdown in the 34—13 win came with just 90 seconds left and served no competitive purpose.

Saah’s used to blowouts—-he’s just not used to being on the short end. He doubles as the manager of Wilson’s baseball team, which is the most dominant program in the history of D.C. athletics. His teams have won 15 DCIAA titles in a row and have lost only one game to a league foe in that time. If my math’s right, Saah’s boys outscored division opponents in the 2007 regular season by 157—5.

In March, when the schools last met on the diamond, Saah’s team whooped up on Coolidge, 21-0.

That’s the exact same margin of victory that got Saah so miffed last Friday. And, again, that’s from a baseball game.

While the Wilson AD was stewing on the sidelines about Coolidge’s tactics, Monzey, a senior running back whose high school football career might be ended if the protest is upheld, wasn’t even on the field. He sat out the entire fourth quarter.