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Welsh High football to forfeit two games for LHSAA rule violation

Posted: 9:35 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 16:38:23-04

Welsh (KATC) — Welsh High School has been issued a notice of rule violation by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association for the use of an ineligible student in two recent football games.

The penalty ruling issued this week shows that the violations occurred during football games played against Rayne High on August 31 and Kaplan High on September 7. The violations were self-reported by administrators to LHSAA on September 14.

Those games will now be forfeit.

The Greyhounds beat the Rayne Wolves in their season opener and lost to the Kaplan Pirates the following week. The team’s record, including the forfeitures, is now 1 and 2.

Coach John Richardson told KATC that the incident involved a misunderstanding about a grade for a student-athlete who was taking off-campus classes.

The school must pay a $200 fine for the violations. The student involved will face a penalty of one-year ineligibility while coach Richardson will need to take a fundamentals coaching course.