Jacksonville Forfeits Five Wins For Ineligible Player

The District 17-4A Executive Committee ruled today that Jacksonville used an ineligible player in seven games this season. As a result, they will have to forfeit five wins, and are knocked out of playoff contention, handing Hallsville the final playoff spot.

Jacksonville ISD Superintendent Stuart Bird said today head coach Randy Copeland was notified earlier in the week that one of his players lives in the New Summerfield school district. Bird said it's a confusing and unfortunate situation involving a kid who has been a student at Jacksonville for nine years. Jacksonville decided to voluntarily report the incident to the District 17-4A Executive Committee. The executive committee voted 6-1 to have Jacksonville forfeit the games.

The five wins they are forced to forfeit are over Sulphur Springs, Corsicana, Hallsville, Whitehouse and Henderson. As a result, Hallsville now has a 4-2 district record and, because one of those wins is over Nacogdoches, has been awarded the final playoff spot, regardless of the outcome of tonights games. Hallsville head coach David Plunk said tonight he has told his players of the situation and will now prepare to play Brenham next week in the first round of the playoffs.

Bird said Jacksonville filed an appeal with the UIL today. He will be meet with Copeland this weekend to determine if they will proceed with the appeal on Monday.

Kevin Berns reporting.