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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LOL,,,AT POLY COACH!......HE'S JUST ILLEGAL AS THE LOUISIANA NIGHTMARE YALL HAVE PLAYING ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE....LOL....GOOD ONE!......AND YOU KNOW IF HE WAS!!!.....CIF WOULD HAVE TOOKEN ALL OUR GAMES AWAY!!!....HE'S LEGAL AS CAN BE BABY!!!!.....AND ATLEAST HE'S FROM CALI!!!....LOL....STILL LAUGHING AT THAT ONE!!!....REALLY?

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A Poly coach did NOT just say that! Sounds to me like digruntled coaches or parents from his old school. Leave it alone guys....concentrate on trying to finish .500 for the season. Next year if you can work in a game against the PV cheerleaders, you might just get better than .500!!!!

-Poly Coach

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Their QB Brock Dale illegally transferred there too. Who has looked into that one???

-Poly Coach

sea-loc
sea-loc

wow!...cheaters!!!...thats pretty darn low man!...and it wasnt because of academic problems...it was because he was a new transfer,and played at another school!...he had to be cleared too play on the varsity squad!...but i do agree...that the faculty and coaches do have too pay more attention on making sure a player is absolutely cleared by the cif before letting him play a minute in a varsity game!...it sucks for the kids that has been working so hard all summer and had too forfeit a game because of a kid that just transfered in during the season!!!!....sorry but thats my oppion!!!....but thanks poly fan!....stuff like this happens!...we are still good to make the playoffs!!!....GO LANCERS!!!......ZOO KEEPER!...REALLLLY?....SAVE YOUR NUSERY RYHMES FOR CLASS!!!....KINDERGARDEN RIGHT?....EMBASOL!!!!

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everybody always say that the good schools are cheating(lakewood and poly). he was a jv call up cause lakewood have been using the same wide outs all year, mcnichols, shepard, owe, gilmore who all moved up through the lakewood program.

-player

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stuff like that happens, thats y coaches should issue contract for the kids every week n it has to be sign by the teacher that they attended class n have a academic coach go over grades every week if they dont have a academic coach then one of the coaches should do it, im thinking Lakewood coaches was jus trying to get guys into game cuz it was a blow out game n totally forgot.

-JR, Poly Fan

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Yet people continue to talk about Poly being cheaters. Even if he had nothing to do with the win. I don't recall Poly having to forfeit a game for academic reasons.

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How do you just make your way onto the field? Talk about coaches not paying attention, this takes the cake! Hope that player enjoyed himself, he has probably ruined his chance of a starting position next season.

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What kind of zoo they got going on over at Lakewood? Why they keep cheating? Is it confirmed that the kid was a Jv call up? Yeah right! Lakewood is notorious for breaking the rules. I hope more investigating is done. Maybe the whole season for them will be done. Serves them right. Cheater cheater pumpkin eaters!

-zoo keeper

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Can't there really be a clause in CIF rules where if the player had no affect on the outcome of the game, then a warning is issued and not forfeiture of the game.

Not that I'm a Lakewood fan, but most of us understand the importance rules, having consequences for breaking them, but also we understand that a new transfer just coming up from the JV team and playing at the end of a 54-0 game has no impact on that game.

I guess it makes it simpler just to say the rule is the rule but personally, I could handle a warning rather than the forfeit.

-Allen

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"It's unlikely that the forfeiture will have too great an impact on the final Moore League standings"

Unless Jordan pulls the upset off tonight, then this kid's 2 seconds of fame could cost Lakewood a decent playoff spot.

-j-rab

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I suppose if a college kid can make his way onto the field posing as a ref at the UCLA-Arizona game, a JV player can do the same in a high school game. Still, not a smooth move.

-CHS

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bummer, great story, thanks for being fair

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