Kreiter said players and parents were notified of the infraction by Central DeWitt football coach Mike Miller and his staff.
“Mike talked with the players,” Kreiter said. “It’s tough on them. Mike and I are on the same page that integrity is paramount.
“We’ll tell the kids to be resilient. They have to get back to work, refocus and move on.”
Despite having their record changed from 2-1 to 0-3, the Sabers still can earn a spot in the playoffs. The top four teams from each of the eight Class 3A districts qualify, and the Sabers have six district games remaining.
“It will be a negative 13-point deficit,” in the state’s playoff points system,” Kreiter said. The points system represents the margin of victory or loss for a team, with the number of points capped at plus-13 or minus-13. “It’s your first district loss; you still are likely to control a lot of your outcome.”