Powell must forfeit first 7 games of season for playing ineligible athlete

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The Powell High School football team must forfeit the first seven games of their 2018 season after the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association ruled they played an ineligible player.

In a letter released Tuesday, TSSAA notified Powell that the player in question played football at another high school in 2017. His family then moved into the Karns High School zone during the year. The family decided to allow the student to finish the school year at his previous high school, which is allowed under TSSAA rules. 

TSSAA said the student could have used his final transfer opportunity and be eligible to play at Karns at the beginning of the 2018 season. Instead, the family requested an out-of-zone transfer and enrolled him at Powell. 

TSSAA said the administration incorrectly submitted the transfer form by saying the student was eligible because of a “bona fide change of residence” into their zone. 

“The family moved from residence A to B, but never moved to residence C in the Powell,” stated the letter.

TSSAA ruled that Powell must forfeit all seven games they have played so far, notify the schools they have played and pay a $700 fine. In addition, the player in question is ineligible for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Powell was 6-1 on the season. Here are the school’s results so far this year:

  • 35-0 victory over Halls
  • 42-0 victory over Cumberland County
  • 21-10 loss to Fulton
  • 49-27 victory over Karns
  • 35-0 victory over Clinton
  • 49-26 victory over Lenoir City 
  • 35-21 victory over Campbell County

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