Posted: 8:35 pm Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

FHSAA: Pahokee forfeits two district games 

By Jason Lieser

Pahokee’s football team will forfeit two district wins for using an academically ineligible player, the Florida High School Athletic Association said Tuesday.

The Blue Devils initially forfeited their Sept. 25 win against Cardinal Newman, but FHSAA Associate Executive Director Denarvise Thornton said the school reported a second violation involving the same ineligible athlete. Thornton said coach Blaze Thompson noticed the violation on film and called it in Tuesday afternoon.

“There will be two forfeits,” Thornton said. “He went through all of his tapes and found that the kid played in a second game.”

Thornton did not disclose the opponent in second forfeit, but the two new losses will drop Pahokee’s record to 5-3 overall and the Blue Devils fall from 5-0 to 3-2 in District 7-2B. Pahokee can still clinch at least a spot in a potential three-way tie-breaker by beating Fort Lauderdale-University on Friday, but a loss would eliminate the Blue Devils from post-season contention.

If the second forfeit turns out to be Pahokee’s 31-20 win over Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep on Oct. 2, one week after the Cardinal Newman game, the Blue Devils would not be able to win the district title. Pahokee has won three straight district and state championships.

Prior to the forfeits, the Blue Devils were guaranteed no less than a spot in a potential three-way tie-breaker event and could win the district outright this week.