Following Wednesday's meeting with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, the Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.)
football team still is in limbo as far as official sanctioning is concerned.
Spokesman David Sills told MaxPreps via email today, "The meeting with the MPSSAA went OK. We overcame their initial issue of having or trying to play in-state teams, which is the reason for sanctioning in the first place. They have given us another 'to do' list, which we are diligently working on to satisfy their requirements."
Sills explained earlier this week that the Honey Badgers have not yet been able to play Maryland public school teams, but the desire is there.
All team members attend National Connections Academy, an online school which has close to 45,000 students throughout the United States. The school's vice president, Dr. Steven Guttentag, represented the football team at Wednesday's meeting.
Guttentag told MaxPreps, "We submitted (request for sanctioning) in February. It was declined, but not because of anything wrong with the football team. If you're a public school, you need to get certified. They, quite honestly, don't know what to do with us. We've been an online school for a decade, but never had to deal with sports.
"What came out of the meeting is that they (the MPSSAA) want to make this thing work. It's a little bit of (which came first) the chicken or the egg. Right now it's all up in the air."
The Honey Badgers are scheduled to play national power Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
later this fall in a nationally-televised game.
However, John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis told MaxPreps today, "We can not play them without sanctioning (due to Louisiana rules)."
The River Ridge area was hit hard today by high winds and power outages caused by Hurricane Isaac and Curtis said he was afraid he would lose this Friday's game against Franklinton (La.) to the weather. He said he can't afford to lose any more games and has another team which is ready to play if the Maryland powerhouse can't get proper sanctioning.