WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Wetumpka High School Football Coach, Chad Anderson, says the Indians will have to forfeit this season over issues with a player's eligibility.
Coach Anderson says the player in question is caught in the middle of custody issues with his parents. He lived in Montgomery last year has played football for both Evangel Christian Academy and Alabama Christian Academy in previous years. Since December 2010 the player has lived in Wetumpka with his father. However, since the parents did not file the custody change in the courts, it means the player is ineligible to play for Wetumpka this season under existing AHSAA rules. Because of this issue Wetumpka will be forced to forfeit this season.
"There was no intent to deceive," said Coach Anderson. "My mistake was not following the information through to the 'n-th' degree."
The issue was reported to the AHSAA by a rival school, Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery. Jeff Davis lost to Wetumpka in the last few minutes of their game last week. That loss will now be considered a win and will mean Jeff Davis will participate in this year's playoff games.