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La Salle football team forfeits two games

La Salle football team forfeits two games

Cadets eligible for Section II playoffs
La Salle football team forfeits two games
La Salle's football team under first-year coach John Audino has forfeited two wins due to an ineligible player.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

La Salle Institute has forfeited two varsity football victories after self-reporting to Section II that it used an ineligible player in those games.

Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance said La Salle will continue its season, and is playoff-eligible.

The games forfeited were both cross-classification games, or non-league games, a 43-14 win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk on Aug. 31 and a 49-6 win over Ichabod Crane on Sept. 28.

"I am under the impression that it was an innocent and legitimate mistake," Dorrance said. "Paperwork did not get filed properly. I don't have a lot of details, but they self-reported and we are dealing with the consequences. The penalty is forfeit the games he played in and go on."

A press release by La Salle stated in part: "On Wednesday night of last week our Athletic Director became aware of a paperwork oversight issue regarding a transfer football player who enrolled in April. On Thursday morning this information was reported to the principal and without hesitation the decision was made to self-report to Section 2 officials."

The press release also stated: "We teach our students to always maintain their integrity regardless of the consequences and to live honestly and truthfully. It is one of the hallmarks of a La Salle Institute education and as adults we must set the right example for our students."

La Salle's first-year head coach is John Audino, the former Union College coach.

"We had an administrative clerical error in paperwork," Audino said in a text message to The Daily Gazette. "We self reported as our program and school believe in doing things the right way. We are a great school with integrity and therefore self reported. We are disappointed in the news. However we are also disappointed that there is not an appeals process. There was no intent or malice strictly a clerical error. We are moving forward and concentrating on our game vs Amsterdam. We know we won the two games on the field and are disappointed in the outcome."

La Salle defeated Green Tech this past Friday 27-0 in a Class A Capital Division game. La Salle is 1-3 in the Capital Division and, with the forfeits, 1-5 overall.

"They are still eligible for the playoffs," Dorrance said. "The two games they forfeited were crossover games and did not impact their league record."

La Salle plays at Amsterdam (1-3, 2-3) Friday night and the winner will earn the Capital Division's No. 4 seed for the upcoming Section II tournament. La Salle has qualified for the sectionals 12 times since 2000, and has won four area championships since then.

"La Salle Institute had no intent to violate the spirit or the letter of any rules, but this is what unknowingly occurred," the school's statement read. "Nothing can take away from what our varsity players and coaches have accomplished on the field this season. They fought hard, played well, and grew as a team with their integrity and dignity intact."

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, jims@dailygazette.com or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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