The http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/2011/10/football-lakewood-forfeits-victory-over-compton.html" target="_blank">LA Times' Eric Sondheimer reported and we have since confirmed that the Lakewood football team has forfeit their 54-0 win over Compton due to the use of an ineligible player, which drops Lakewood's record to 5-3 overall, and 2-2 in the Moore League.
While it is the policy of this website not to name names with ineligible high school students, we've confirmed with Lakewood coach Vince Lobendanh that the receiver is primarily a JV player, who made his way onto the field in the final minutes of a blowout win.
"He worked his way into playing, and he played in the Compton game after his paperwork had been rejected--I didn't pay attention, and it cost us the game," said Lobendahn via phone Friday morning.
The receiver, who did catch a late-game touchdown, transferred from Riverside before the season, and Lobendahn said he wasn't aware that his hardship waiver had been rejected. "I looked at the list and paid attention to our seniors," he said of the CIF list.
It's the second time in four years that a Lakewood team has had to forfeit victories due to an ineligible player, as the 2008 team gave up four wins after using an ineligible running back, a fact Lobendahn was acutely aware of.
"(Former Lakewood Coach Thadd MacNeal) told me about '08 when they had to give up those games, and I'm looking dead at it with the exact same situation," said Lobendahn. "I didn't learn from hindsight. As heartbroken as we are about it, we've got to go out and play with the same intensity."
It's unlikely that the forfeiture will have too great an impact on the final Moore League standings. The Lancers are now technically in fourth place at 2-2, but own victories over the second and third place teams, Cabrillo and Wilson, neither of whom have played Poly, and who play each other tonight. The largest possible impact is that a drop from two losses to three could end up hurting Lakewood's chances of hosting a first-round playoff game.
Here's a look at the league standings, and of course stay tuned to GazettesSports.com for full coverage and updates from around the city.
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