Chester forfeits football playoff game because of ineligible player
Chester High School’s football came to an abrupt end Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) was notified by Chester High School that the team played an ineligible player in its playoff game against Etna on Nov. 15. Chester won the game, 35-20.
The Volcanoes were scheduled to travel to Maxwell on Friday, Nov. 22, to compete in the second round of the playoffs. But due to the violation, the CIF ruled Chester’s season was over.
“We innocently permitted a student to participate in the game who was not eligible,” Chester principal Jeff James wrote in a statement issued by the school. “The decision to allow this student to participate in the game was an honest mistake.”
Chester High School voluntarily submitted notice of the mistake once the information regarding the violation was verified. The CIF ruled that Chester’s win against Etna was against regulations and promptly declared Etna the winner, ending Chester’s playoff run.
Because of the forfeit, Etna will face Maxwell in the second round of the playoffs.
James ended the school’s statement with a commendation of how the school handled the violation and of the team’s performance for the season.
“Our staff and students are to be commended for their outstanding season and, perhaps even more importantly, for their honor.”