Posted: 9:32 am Saturday, September 8th, 2012

D.C.-area football DeMatha power rocked by prostitution scandal 

By Jeff Greer

A Washington, D.C., area high school has added a new dimension to the concerns of parents, fans and educators who worry about prep sports teams traveling across the country for high-profile games.

Former Glades Central coach Jessie Hester in 2010 worried about the perils of traveling with high school kids to far-away football games.

The Washington Post reported Thursday five DeMatha Catholic High football players were dismissed from the school’s juggernaut team after soliciting prostitutes during a team road trip to North Carolina for an out-of-state game in Hillside, N.C. The story, which you can read here, says the players hired prostitutes from a call service and some engaged in sexual activities with them in the early-morning hours after the team’s 52-14 win.

Two players left the school, while two more were recommended for expulsion, the Post says. A fifth player also faces disciplinary action from DeMatha. The report details the five players skirting the team’s mandatory 1:30 a.m. curfew to sneak in the prostitutes.

The incident prompted a follow-up story in the Post in which D.C.-area coaches examined ways to avoid trouble on road trips, which are more and more common amid the proliferation of local, regional and national broadcasts of high school football and offseason trips to football camps and combines.

Former Glades Central coach Jessie Hester, who’s now the athletic director at Lake Worth High, addressed those concerns in 2010, when his team traveled to Daytona Beach for a preseason exhibition and to Texas for an early-season matchup against Denison (Texas) High.

“It’s complicated because you have so many coaches and only so many adults with them (when you travel),” Hester said at the time. “You have to trust the mature kids, the older kids, to direct everybody on how they should act and hope the kids follow their lead.”