Frenship Tigers Drop Lone District Win After UIL Forfeit
There is some drama unfolding in 6A Region I District 2 surrounding the Frenship Tigers football team who got their lone district back on September 24th against the San Angelo Central Bobcats with a final score of 49-23.
That has the Tigers and Bobcats tied for last place in the district at 1-2 in district play.
The drama though is that the Tigers will have to forfeit that win because of an allegation that they used an ineligible player during the game. The player in question was suspended the week prior during the 4th quarter of a loss to Amarillo High.
According to high school football reporter Jasone Pearson, there is a discrepancy in the validity of the ejection after, "The Amarillo Chapter said they rescinded the ejection for that said player," according to Pearson who elaborated on the matter on his popular 806 High School Sports Connection Facebook page, "but after an ejection, only the UIL can make that call."
The appeal was made to the UIL that the original suspension was inaccurate, but the committee overseeing the incident ruled in favor of the San Angelo Bobcats voting 3-0-1 enforcing Frenship to forfeit their win against San Angelo Central. It's been reported by numerous sources that Frenship believed that the Amarillo chapter had admitted the original suspension was rescinded, but that decision never made it to the UIL offices, therefore the forfeit was upheld.
The change of record moves Central to 2-1 and into a tie for second place in the district and moves Frenship into last place at 0-3. Playoff implications loom large for both schools.
This is a tough break for Frenship and the head coach Jay Northcutt who is attempting to get Frenship back into the playoffs after missing last season.