Two forfeits by one East Baton Rouge Parish School and the resignation of a head coach at another cloud the picture as the high school football season enters the ninth week.
Class 2A Northeast High was ordered to forfeit its two football wins because of an academically ineligible player, while Landry Williams resigned as head coach at Class 3A Glen Oaks after being placed on administrative leave.
Williams said he resigned from his alma mater on Monday afternoon. The former GOHS and Southern University player was in his third season at the school. Donald Clark took over as interim coach for the Panthers.
“I’ve resigned,” Williams said. “It’s unfortunate things happened the way they did. I think the people in the community and the parents understand how much I care for the kids and the program.
“Under the circumstances, I think this is what’s best. I don’t know what I’ll do, but I’ll be OK. My concern now is for the kids to get through it.”
GOHS (3-4, 1-1) travels to East Feliciana (3-4, 1-1) for a District 6-3A game Friday night.
Northeast was fined $400 by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and ordered to forfeit its wins over Belaire High and Varnado for using an ineligible player whose grade point average was incorrectly figured.
“I feel bad for the kid, I feel bad for our players, for the school and our administration,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “After the LHSAA looked at it, we were told it was an understandable error.
“He (student-athlete) took a credit recovery course for a course he took as a freshman. Because he didn’t take it the next year, it counted as a new class. When you figure it that way his GPA was 1.8 and not the 2.0 East Baton Rouge Parish requires. My understanding is he would be eligible in any parish except EBR and Caddo.”
Northeast (0-8, 0-3) plays
at third-ranked University (8-0, 3-0) in District 7-2A action Friday.