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Osseo Senior High School has forfeited its first two varsity football games of the season as a result of an administrative error that led to the use of an ineligible player in violation of a Minnesota State High School League Bylaw.
Osseo, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A, was 5-0 after the first five contests. The Orioles record now stands as 3-2 with three conference games remaining against Park Center, Elk River and Totino Grace.
“I take full responsibility for the error,” Osseo activities director Ray Kirch said in a release. “When we discovered the violation, I informed the Minnesota State High School League. We have reviewed our documentation, consulted with the MSHSL and determined that we had used an ineligible player in our first two games.”
Osseo had non-conference wins over Centennial High School and Maple Grove Senior High School on Aug. 30 and Sept. 7.
MSHSL officials concurred that the forfeiture penalty as identified in By-Law 111.00 must be imposed.
“Our football players have had a great season thus far, and an error on my part should not take away from what they have accomplished on the field,” said Kirch. “I just hope that by dealing with this unfortunate situation, it will allow our team to finish their regular season on a high note and get ready for the section playoffs. We are committed to following the rules and bylaws set forth by the MSHSL’s Board of Directors, and we regret our mistake resulted in a violation. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this situation won’t occur again."