Cougars forfeit football game

Crossroads left with 10 players after injuries and eligibility issues

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy football team has forfeited tonight’s football contest with Manistee Catholic Central because of eligibility

issues.

Six of the 18 players were ruled ineligible this week. With two other players out with injuries that left the Cougars with only 10 players dressed for the game.

This was the first eligibility check of the year for Crossroads.

“It comes down to grades,” Crossroads Charter Academy Athletic Director JJ Eads said. “I thought it would be an issue here and there, but not six at one time.”

Eads said he felt bad for coach Fred Peacock, who has put together a solid number of players in his first year as coach. The Cougars will now fall to 0-6 on the season.

CCA is coming off a 60-48 loss to Traverse City Christian a week ago.

“(Peacock) has done a great job, he has solid numbers, better than I thought they would be,” Eads said.

The forfeit means MCC (3-3, 2-1 WMD) evens its record on the season to 3-3 and improves to 2-1 in the West Michigan D League.

MCC coach Dave Russell, who said he’s never had a game forfeited to his team, isn’t sure how the current one will respond. The Sabers are in action next Friday when they host Traverse City Christian.

“I’ve never had this before, I’ll let you know how it goes next Friday,” Russell said.

The eligibility concern will be a weekly issue, Eads said, who added he wouldn’t know if the Cougars would be able to play next week against Baldwin in the annual Top Cat Trophy contest.

 

— Matt Wenzel of the Manistee News Advocate contributed to this story.

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