Posted: 1:22 pm Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Seminole Ridge quarterback Antwan Washington will transfer to Glades Central for a “lot of different reasons,” according to his father. But Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann is unhappy about the transfer and wonders if the move is purely for athletic reasons, which would be an FHSAA violation.
“Antwan told me he wanted to stay,” said Dickmann, who confirmed Washington’s withdrawal from his school, which happened Tuesday.
Washington lives with his mother in Loxahatchee, home of Seminole Ridge, while his father lives in Belle Glade. Dickmann said Washington told him the family had financial trouble, forcing Washington to leave his mother’s house to live with his father in Belle Glade, where he grew up.
But something doesn’t smell right to Dickmann.
“His Dad asked me last week what type of offense we were going to run and how many times we were going to throw the ball,” Dickmann said. “I knew that was a red flag.
“I’ve never had anybody ask me those questions before. This is just a coincidence, huh?”
Transferring purely for athletic reasons is a violation of FHSAA rules.
Washington’s father, Eugene, defended the move, saying the move was not entirely football-related. He told the Post he approached Dickmann “as a concerned parent.”
“I think the parent should have a say as to what their child’s future is at the school,” he said. “I asked him things about Antwan’s future. I’m concerned about it.”
However, Eugene Washington added, his son’s involvement in the offense was a concern. Antwan Washington threw for 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns on 53.4 percent passing, but often handed off to star senior running back Gary Holmes in Seminole Ridge’s multiple motion offense.
“As a concerned parent, I did try to question certain aspects of how things are run,” Eugene Washington said. “I think Antwan was concerned also. If you look at his numbers compared to other quarterbacks in this county, with how much they throw the ball, it was a concern.”
Washington said he plans to enroll at Glades Central this week. He said the move was not completely his decision and it “had nothing to do” with football.
“I’m not happy about it because I’ve been at Seminole Ridge for three years,” Washington said. “They’ve been real good to me and good to my family. But I had to leave. I definitely had emotions about it. But at the end of the day, I had to do what I had to do. I couldn’t stay at my mom’s anymore.”
Regarding his father’s questions about Seminole Ridge’s offense, Washington wasn’t surprised.
“I knew Coach [Dickmann] had a plan for me,” Washington said. “Everything was going to be good. It had nothing to do what that. My dad always wants to know 100 percent what’s going on. He has quarterback coaches for me and we practiced over the break. He wanted to know what type of plan we’re going to have, what type of routes we need to run.”
Dickmann said he’ll move on, but he was annoyed to lose a starting quarterback from a team he thought could be state-caliber.
“It doesn’t surprise me. Something like this happens every year. Someone isn’t a starter so they transfer. Or they think the grass is greener on the other side,” Dickmann said. “If it’s a financial thing, so be it. But they could have found a way to stay.”
Ironically, Seminole Ridge assistant coach Justin Hilliker said, Washington was going to be in the spotlight this fall. Holmes will graduate, leaving the ball in Washington’s hands.
“He was going to throw it, and he was going to run it,” Hilliker said. “It was going to be the Antwan Washington show.”
This post was updated Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:57 p.m.