Danville may have to forfeit first two games

September 01, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Danville may have to forfeit its two football victories this season because it used an ineligible player against Garrard County and Lincoln County.

Sam Harp, Danville's football coach and athletics director, said this morning that he had reported the violation to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Tuesday and was told today that the recommendation had been made by KHSAA assistant commissioner Julian Tackett that the Admirals forfeit the two games. KHSAA commissioner Brigid DeVries was to make a final ruling later today.

"Nothing was done to intentionally deceive anyone," Harp said.

Avery Moore, a 140-pound sophomore running back-defensive back, transferred to Danville in January from Lincoln County. He had played on the Lincoln football team in 2003.

Moore was a member of Danville's track team last spring and came out for football in July.

"I had no knowledge of when he enrolled at Danville or that he had ever played football when he came out in July," Harp said. "Him and his mother moved here in January and are still living in the same house. But we did not fill out any paperwork."


Because Danville did not send a transfer request to Lincoln County and then file it with the KHSAA to have Moore ruled eligible, he was ineligible to play. He was in on one kickoff against Garrard with Danville leading 43-6 and played "four or five plays" at the end of Danville's 48-0 win over Lincoln County.

"The kid did nothing wrong. This is not his fault," Harp said. "The bottom line is that we are at fault. You can call it a clerical error or whatever, but we didn't get the paperwork done.

"I've never had anything like this happen before. Obviously, no athletic advantage was gained. But what is disappointing is that we've not been given any chance to explain our side of what happened. An anonymous phone call was made to the KHSAA and we never had a chance to make an appeal. I know we didn't do anything wrong, but I still have to tell my team that we probably are going to have to forfeit two games that we won."

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