Bishop Sycamore is rightfully getting all the attention for what they did to get on national TV against a powerhouse school, but nobody has been speaking on their opponent, IMG Academy.
IMG Football players are now going viral as they showed up on TikTo celebrating the fact that they defeated a bunch of grown men 58-0 after the team got exposed.
Some of the players on Bishop Sycamore are said to have been in their early 20’s and still got beat down by a bunch of high school kids.
On Tuesday, the ‘fake’ school lost four high school football opponents following the debacle from its appearance against one of the top programs in the nation. DeMatha Catholic, Duncanville, Liberty and Johnson Central all decided to cancel games against them.
“We have been doing a lot of researching, and after discussing it with our coaching staff, we decided to cancel that game with Bishop Sycamore because they have ineligible players and it would be a liability issue. We think this is the right decision,” DeMatha Carolina president Fr. James R. Day told USA Today.
The Ohio school had come under fire after it appeared to dupe a marketing agency into putting it into a spotlight game against IMG Academy.
“We regret that this happened and have discussed it with Paragon, which secured the matchup and handles the majority of our high school event scheduling,” ESPN said in a statement. “They have assured us that they will take steps to prevent this kind of situation from happening moving forward.”
ESPN announcers voiced its concerns about Bishop Sycamore when it couldn’t find any information about the school while calling the game over the weekend.
Andre Peterson, who is the founder director of the school as well as an assistant coach, pushed back on allegations the school was a “scam.”
“There’s nothing that I’ve gotten out of this that would constitute it as a scam because I’m not gaining anything financially from what we’re doing. The reality of it is that I have a son (Javan) that’s also in the program and has been in the program for four years,” he said.
“If it’s a scam and the kids are not going to school and not doing what they’re supposed to do, then I’m literally scamming myself. And most importantly, I’m hurting my own son. So when people say stuff like that … I would literally be taking my son’s future and throwing it in the trash.”