For the first time in Georgia’s high school athletic history, a football team has voluntarily forfeited its first-round playoff game.
In an unprecedented move, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate forfeited its first-round game against Banks County (Homer, Ga.) on Wednesday. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the move came as a result of a fight that occurred involving players during the team’s game Friday against Atlanta’s Hapeville Charter that decided the Region 6-AA championship. Hapeville won the game 57-6.
This is the first time in Georgia High School Association (GHSA) history that a team has voluntarily forfeited a football playoff game, and it is the first football playoff forfeit of any kind since 1994.
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate issued this statement Wednesday afternoon.
”In partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, we have decided to forfeit this Friday’s football game against Banks County as a result of students violating our code of conduct. It is our policy to not speak to the specifics of student disciplinary actions. We are proud of the work our scholar athletes have done in the classroom and on the field this year and we look forward to resuming football again next season.”
KIPP Atlanta students staged a walkout from classes on Wednesday morning, according to WSB-TV.
The game would’ve been KIPP ‘s first-ever playoff game in this its third varsity season. The team finishes with a 7-4 record after going 1-9 in each of its first two full varsity seasons.
According to the GHSA, KIPP will owe Banks County restitution and could face other possible fines and penalties. The game would’ve been Banks County’s first home playoff game since 2011. Banks County now will face the winner between Glenn Hills and Benedictine in the second round next week.