As we went to air for Football In Focus, we were notified by Northern Guilford’s principal that they have reported another game where illegible players participated.
Andy will have more details later tonight….
Northern forfeited their game with Northwest Guilford and now Northern Guilford’s record falls to (5-2) and Northwest Guilford goes to (7-0)…There were two juniors from the Northern team that played in the JV game on Thursday and then also played at least one play in the Varsity game on Friday night….Northern has been forced to forfeit the NWG game and they will also have to pay a fine to the NCHSAA…..
This may send a signal to be very careful how you use your JV players on Varsity and it might be time to split them up and not have their playing time overlap and just move JV players up for the playoffs and if they are on JV, have them play JV only during the regular season….
The JV 8 quarter rule can burn you and the rule states from what we have been told that once a JV player has played 8 quarters on Varsity, then you have to declare that you are going to play either JV fulltime or Varsity fulltime for the rest of the season…..No more playing on Thursdays and Fridays both….One or the other….One play at any point of the game constitutes a full quarter of play, no matter what the score, or no matter how much time is left in the game…..
At least that is how the rule was explained to me, a year so back, by one of our area’s very knowledgeable high school coaches….
Seems like if there is going to confusion, then just have players declare for one team or another, with the exception of moving players up, come playoff time….
If Northern used the players late in the game, when the game was no longer in dobut and the players didn’t really effect the outcome of the game, because both games in question for the forfeits were blowouts and there was no coming back late for the teams that were trailing, that still doesn’t matter…..The NCHSAA rules are in the book and they are the rules that apply here…The rules appear a bit vauge, but they are there to follow and they have to be followed by the letter…..
Tough way to go down in both cases and who is to know if anyone would have caught Northern if they didn’t turn themselves in…..Not sure if anyone sits around counting things like this other than those that are supposed to logging these numbers and if you didn’t count and re-count could you catch it all, in all cases? Not sure, but Northern was honest and turned themselves in, not once but twice and now we will have to wait and see what happens next…..
Lots of games to be played on Friday night and all of our teams will have to get focused for those games….Got to feel Northern will be focused for Eastern Guilford and if they weren’t playing with a chip on their shoulder before, I’m sure they will be now and you can’t blame them…
For the team to have two wins taken away for games that they won on the field and then to lose those games due to carelessness, that is not an easy blow to take….
But you have to take it and keep on playing….The release point for the Nighthawks will probably come when they finally get to hit the field again….
Will need to keep a close watch on the JV participation records and make sure that they do not further damage their season…..Kind of crazy when you want to be focusing on what is happening on the football field and then you have to be facing the blast of the furnace for your forfeitures….
We will all keep moving on and for sure we will learn more about JV football participation rules than we ever dreamed we could in 2013…..