Tavares forfeits game, playoff berth due to ineligible player

Tavares forfeits game, playoff berth due to ineligible player

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Tavares High School announced on Wednesday that its football team will forfeit its playoff berth as the Class 5A-District 11 runner-up, because one their players is ineligible.

Lake County Public Schools spokesman Christopher Patton said the school misinterpreted a bylaw of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) which restricts students over the age of 19 years and 9 months from participating in high school sports.

Tavares High self-reported to the FHSAA today and are voluntarily forfeiting its games against Lake Weir High School, Bishop Moore Catholic High School and Mount Dora High School.

Forfeiting the Nov. 1 win against the Mount Dora Hurricanes stings the most as it secured the playoff spot for the Tavares High Bulldogs.  

"Friday night was so exciting as it was one of those games that came down to the final seconds," said Dr. Janice Boyd, Principal at Tavares High about the school's emotional 28-27 win over Mount Dora High. "Our team has had many accomplishments this season, but now has to overcome one of the biggest disappointments a team has to face. Please join me at our last home game this Friday in celebrating our Bulldogs and their wonderful season."

Tavares High School will conclude its season on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as the Bulldogs square off against Pine Ridge High School.


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