St. John Central Is being forced to forfeit their first four football games.
According to a letter to parents from the principal, Dr. Thomas Graham, it is “due to the fact that the Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled that an ineligible student played in those games.”
The letter says that was against the bylaws.
Dr. Graham’s letter goes on to say, “I understand how much of a disappointment this is to our school community, and especially to the boys who have worked so hard for this football program.”
He ended by saying he’ll be “working hard to put a thorough process in place to ensure that this kind of thing never happens again.”
The school was closed Friday, without explanation.
Rumors were rampant, some involving the future of the high school itself.
But one source said school was closed because school officials heard students were planning a protest, and they wanted to avert that.
But another letter, this one from Tim Stried of the OHSAA, indicated there is more to come.
“I can confirm that the school is still under investigation regarding potential additional violations,” wrote Stried.
The community was buzzing with opinions and speculation, as usual when information is scarce from official sources.
“Four games, that’s kind of harsh,” said Pete Calai of Bellaire. “Maybe one or two, that should be enough.”
“They need to take things like that into hand,” said Jeff Alderman of Wheeling. “They figure if they can get away with it now, what are they going to do when they get to college. You know, if I can do something in high school, what’s going to happen when I get to college? You know, it could have been about money, that’s a possibility.”
Stried concluded by saying, “I will stay in touch with further information when it has been made official and communicated to the school first.”