DONALSONVILLE -- Seminole County's football team will forfeit this week's scheduled game against Mitchell County because, after a ruling by the GHSA on Monday, Seminole does not have enough players to field a team.
The GHSA ruled that that every Seminole County player who left the bench during a brawl last Friday with Daleville (Ala.), must sit out this week's game against Mitchell County, which means the Indians wouldn't have enough players to field a team and will forfeit the game.
As part of the ruling, Mitchell County will be the host team next year when the two teams meet. The GHSA didn't want to take the home game away from Mitchell.
"The officials left the GHSA no choice,'' Seminole County coach Alan Ingram said Monday. "The officials said everyone left the bench. The whole thing was blown out of proportion. The whole (incident) lasted about 20 seconds. We had two kids who were involved. The rest of the team went out (to the field) around the numbers. We got them under control and got them back (on the bench).''
Ingram said he could live with the ruling.
"It's unfortunate, and it's very costly to us,'' he said. "But we play by the rules. We're just going to have to win out.''
That's what it might take for Seminole to reach the playoffs, because Friday's game was a big Region 1-A showdown. Mitchell and Seminole were both 1-0 in the region, and based on the response from The Herald's online poll, it would have been The Game of the Week in Southwest Georgia.
As part of the ruling, Mitchell County will be the home team next year when the two teams meet. The GHSA didn't want to take the home game away from Mitchell.
Mitchell improves to 2-0 in the Region 1-A race, and 4-1 for the season. Seminole is 1-1 in the 3-3 for the season.
"It was a big game (against Mitchell),'' Ingram said. "It's unfortunate it happened. The (GHSA) made a ruling on it. We will stand by their decision.''