Playing an academically ineligible player last week drops the Chieftains' record to 2-3

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FARMINGTON — The Shiprock football team will forfeit Friday’s 30-0 win over Newcomb after allowing an academically ineligible player to compete in the game, Chieftains coach Eric Stovall confirmed on Monday.

The win would have been the Chieftains’ third straight of the season. Their record now sits at 2-3.

While looking over his roster this week, Stovall said he realized he inadvertently gave snaps to an academically ineligible player in Friday’s home win over the Skyhawks.

Stovall said when he realized the error, he contacted principal Rick Edwards and athletic director Nick Williams, as well as the New Mexico Activities Association.

“It was something I self-reported right away,” Stovall said. “I realized when looking over the roster that the player wasn’t someone who should have been on the field. It was accidental, it was unfortunate, but it won’t alter our district run in any way.”

The forfeit won’t affect their district or playoff eligibility.

“It’s something I take full responsibility for as head coach,” Stovall said. “That was my error, my mistake, and all we can do now is try to put it behind us and get ready for Thoreau.”

The Chieftains will face Thoreau (3-2) at home on Friday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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