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Youth football team disqualified from championship hours after burying coach

Panthers football team act as pall bearers at their coach's funeral Panthers football team act as pall bearers at their coach's funeral
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

A Youth League Football team was disqualified from a championship game hours after burying one of their coaches. An Indian Springs Panther Assistant coach says a board member of the Mobile Youth Football Conference (MYFB) removed his team wrongfully.

"They wrong for it. We were about to do it for our coach," said team member Tre'vion Smiley.

Indian Springs Panthers team members and parents were shocked when they got to the field Saturday after they say they were forced to forfeit the game.

"Heartbroken it was like we came all this way for nothing," added team member Leslie Crawford, Jr.

With the death of one of their coaches and his funeral that morning, they say this couldn't have come at a worse time for their team.

"It feels bad man. You know I cried. I felt bad my kids cried no one should be denied to do something they love to do especially after burying their coach. They wanted to do this for their coach that was all in their heart," explained, Panthers Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator Dave Jenkins.

The MYFC says they disqualified the team because they didn't have enough players, a claim Jenkins disputes.

"We had one man on the bench that we couldn't put in, it's in our book. Everything is marked. He was quick to come to a conclusion before you try to find out what was really going on," he said.

Jenkins says they just want to have a fair chance to get the championship.

"You know we would really like to finish strong in the MYFC," said Jenkins.

Tonight, following our interview the MYFC called an emergency meeting. FOX10 learned that the league has decided to uphold the disqualification.

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