The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

September 17, 2013

Sabers likely to forfeit 2 wins

CLINTON — Kurt Kreiter, activities director at Central DeWitt, expects the school’s football team will have to forfeit its two wins this season after realizing it used a player during too many quarters in games this fall.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s better (finding out now) than in Week 8,” Kreiter said Monday night. “They can still control their destiny, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow.”

Kreiter said it was likely the Sabers would have to forfeit a 37-27 non-district win against West Delaware in Week 1 and a district-opening 28-21 victory against Maquoketa last Friday night. Williamsburg beat Central DeWitt in Week 2, so that game wouldn’t be affected. All statistics for the games would stand.

“It’s not a guarantee,” he said of being forced to forfeit the two wins, “but I’ve talked to the state enough that that’s what’s going to happen.”

Kreiter learned of the infraction and contacted the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Monday morning to report the violation. Kreiter said the Sabers used a player on special teams in both the sophomore and varsity games this season.

“You can play special teams and it does not affect your game count, but still, even though it doesn’t count (toward) the game total, it still counts toward four quarters,” Kreiter said, explaining that football players are limited to playing four quarters on any one night. “He could have played Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night,” so long as he played just four quarters any of those nights.

Rules are different in football than basketball, where a player can play six quarters in one night.

“It’s just one of those things,” Kreiter, a former varsity football coach at the school, said. “You’ve got to pay attention to those rules. The average person wouldn’t know it. If you’ve ever dived into the football rulebook, it’s pretty detailed.”

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