Claysburg loses victory due to ineligible player

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School football team is off to one of its best starts in more than a decade, but it entered Friday’s game at Juniata Valley with one fewer win than it had to enter the week.

The Bulldogs were docked 110 points this week because an ineligible player got into the game for Claysburg in Sept. 23’s 55-29 homecoming victory against Glendale. The forfeit dropped C-K from 4-2 to 3-3.

Claysburg self-reported the mistake to the District 6 committee, which acted on the situation at Tuesday’s board meeting.

“(Claysburg-Kimmel) also presented a plan to the committee to help ensure that a repeat does not occur,” D6 chairman Dave Crumrine said. “In reporting that in our minutes, the District 6 committee also commended the administration of Claysburg for the sportsmanship, integrity and professionalism that led them to self-report.”

The Mirror reached out to C-K athletic director Brian Helsel and Bulldog football coach Dan Foor about the situation. They directed questions to superintendent Steve Puskar, who offered the following statement via email.

“We support and respect the decision of the District 6 Committee, and have no further comment,” Puskar said.

The discovery could have far-reaching effects in the District 6 Class 1A playoff picture. Claysburg entered the week in a strong position to host a first-round game as one of the top eight seeds, but the Bulldogs slipped into a tie for seventh place because of the forfeit.

Glendale, meanwhile, picked up its second win, moving the Vikings from 15th place into 10th in the D6 standings. Were it able to maintain that position, Glendale would make the playoffs, probably knocking out Bishop Carroll or Blacklick Valley.

— Philip Cmor