IMPERIAL — The Imperial High School football team has officially forfeited its 28-14 win over Calipatria for using academically ineligible players in the game.
According to Imperial Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Layaye, two players, whom she would not name, have been removed from the team for violating CIF San Diego Section and school athletic/academic policy resulting in the team's forfeit of its win over Calipatria on Oct. 12 and a loss to Santa Fe Christian on Oct. 5.
"We had no idea that these players were ineligible. We wouldn't have played them if we knew that they were ineligible," said Layaye. "There was just a mistake on the interpretation of the rules."
For an athlete to be eligible to play a sport he/she must have a 2.0 grade-point average at the end of the previous grading period. In this case, the players would have had to have a 2.0 at the end of the fourth quarter of the 2000-01 school year.