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IHSA: Rochester Forced to Forfeit SHG Win
IHSA Rules On Rochester High School Self-Report
High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Marty Hickman ruled
on October 26 that Rochester High School will forfeit its September 6
over Sacred Heart Griffin High School (38-33). When the IHSA releases
the football playoff pairings this evening, Rochester will be seeded
based upon an 8-1 record and Sacred Heart Griffin a 9-0 record.
The decision comes one day after Rochester self-reported IHSA Amateurism
By-law (3.080) violations by members of its football team. The
individuals had participated in the first eight games of the season, but
were withheld from the Week 9 contest (October 25)
after the violations were discovered. As a result of the violations, the
players were ineligible for the first eight contests.
"We followed past precedent for these types of situations," said IHSA
Executive Director Marty Hickman. "While it may be difficult to judge a
defensive player's impact on a game, upon reviewing information related
to the Rochester/Sacred Heart Griffin game,
it was apparent that one of the players had a significant influence on
the game's outcome. Based on the margins of victory, the Sacred Heart
Griffin game was the only contest where I felt the outcome could have
been different had those players not participated."
Hickman will rule on the eligibility of the players for the postseason early next week.