High School Football Team Forced to Forfeit Games


A high school football team’s season was cut short after the team admitted it had been using an ineligible player on the field.

Rick Schaeffer with the Springdale school district  said head coach Chris Wood self-reported to the Arkansas Activities Association that a player who had put in time on the field was actually ineligible to play for the team.

The AAA took action immediately forfeiting three of Har-ber’s previous wins just minutes before last night’s kick off. 

We spoke to a parent of a player on that team  who says amid the controversy, he’s giving the team and coaches his full support.

“We have had a lot of memories with the wildcats and our sons, ” said Vance Copher.

Copher’s had three sons go through the Har-ber football program but has never seen a rare decision like last night.

“As a parent the first thing that crossed mind was these are lessons that you learn in life,” Copher said.

After the heart break of a season cut short, Copher said it’s only a bump in the road for the team.

“It was a tough situation and you hate it for the kids, it’s something that you can’t change and it’s something that the coaches can’t police,” Copher said. 

Although the season may be over Copher says he’s hopeful for what’s to come in the future. Like many parents he will continue to support the coaching staff.

“I think after what happened, most of the players are going to come with a new mind set,” Copher said,

We reached out to head coach Chris Wood for a response but didn’t hear back.

Any hopes for playoffs are now gone for Har-ber and the team currently would like to leave the ineligible player un-named.

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