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Waskom forfeits seven wins due to ineligible player

By Jack Stallard
Nov. 6, 2012 at 7:57 a.m.


Waskom High School's football team, one win away from a playoff berth for the first time in 20 years, will forfeit all seven of this season's wins due to the use of an ineligible player.

According to Waskom head football coach and athletic director Whitney Keeling, the player has lived in the school district for 2 1/2 years and the player's father works for the school district, but the adult is not listed on the student's birth certificate as the biological parent.

"By UIL standards, he's not living with a parent, therefore he's ineligible," Keeling said. "There's really no way to prove or disprove he's the parent."

"We did what we were supposed to do, but it all comes down to a legal issue. We're going to try and get a legal document from court saying he's the legal father," Keeling said. "That's all we can do, but since that process will take 3-6 weeks, he's been ruled ineligible."

The loss of four district wins means DeKalb and Paul Pewitt are now both 4-2 in league play. New Diana is 3-3, with one of the wins coming against Waskom.

DeKalb faces New Diana on Friday, and Paul Pewitt visits Elysian Fields.

(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter: @lnjsports).

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