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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Culpeper must forfeit last Friday’s win

On the field, Culpeper’s football team recorded its first win of the season Friday with a 31–0 victory against Charlottesville.

In the record book, however, the game will be recorded as a loss.

The Blue Devils on Tuesday reported to the Virginia High School League they used an ineligible player in the game and have forfeited the contest to the Black Knights.

Culpeper Athletic Director Michael Wills told The Free Lance–Star the player in question, a senior, had enrolled as a freshman out of state. He then transferred between several schools and retook his freshman year before arriving at Culpeper.

VHSL rules are clear: A student has just four years of eligibility, and the clock starts ticking when they first enroll as a high school freshman.

“The transcripts we had received never reflected that first ninth-grade attendance,” Wills said. “There’s no appeal. We accept the consequences and we’ll move forward.”

Ken Wakefield, the Blue Devils’ first-year coach, had a similar message for his team: They will regroup and they will move forward with the season.

“I preach to the kids all the time: You’ve got to think of that next play,” Wakefield said. “If I didn’t come up and say this is the same—we’ve got to move forward—then I wouldn’t be sending those kids the right message.

“We know who won the game. This happened. We just have to move forward. All of our goals are very achievable and right there in front of us. We just have to move forward and take it one game at a time starting with this Friday night.”

Culpeper, now 0–2, plays at Madison County on Friday.