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Junior Boys Football
St. Peter Knights lose appeal to save season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Confusion over a transfer student's eligibilty has cost the St. Peter Knights junior boys football team a chance to win another city championship and has ended their streak of playing in nine straight finals.

The team found out on Wednesday that one of their players who had transferred from Glebe at the beginning of the semester in Janaury was, in fact, ineligible to play because he dressed for the Gryphons varsity team last fall.

NCSSAA rules state that no one can play for two schools at two different levels in the same year. The Knights coaching staff found out about the infraction shortly after they beat the Glebe Gryphons 41-10.

According to St. Peter principal Sue Arbour, the young man told the coaches that he suited up for the Glebe varsity team for one game last fall but left after he failed to play a single down.

But according to a source at Glebe Collegiate, the young man played in at least two games that he personally knew of. In Tuesday's game against the Gryphons he scored a pair of touchdowns before having to come out of the game with a sore ankle.

The infraction carries an automatic forfeiture of any games the ineligilble player has been involved in. In the case of St. Pete's, it means that all five of their previous wins become losses.

The Knights immediately appealed the ruling, but it was upheld, turning their 5-0 record into 0-5. They had the top rated offence in the city while allowing the least number of points on defence and were considered the prohibitive favourites to win their third junior football championship in the last four years.

According to Arbour, the situation is the result of a "miscommunication" on the part of the player and is incredibly unfortunate.

"There was no malicious intent. It's simply a matter of a miscommunication (The ruling) is really disheartening for the kids and for the coaching staff," said Arbour.

By having to forfeit their five previous wins, the Knights will miss the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. It also means their streak of playing in nine straight championship games in a row will also come to an end.

'(Updated 8:30 a.m., May 30)

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