Calhoun vs Gregory-Portland High School Football

Calhoun’s Elijah Harvey prepares to run out of the tunnel with his teammates before the start of the Sandcrabs’ District 15-5A, Division II game against Gregory-Portland at Wildcat Stadium in Portland.

Calhoun has forfeited Friday night’s 55-7 District 15-5A, Division II win over Alice.

Calhoun used an ineligible player in the game that was played at Sandcrab Stadium in Port Lavaca and self-reported the violation to the UIL.

Calhoun athletic director and head football coach Richard Whitaker said a player who was ejected in the second half of the Sandcrabs’ district-opening win over Gregory-Portland was required to sit out the first half of the Alice game, but played.

Whitaker said the player was ejected for swinging at a Gregory-Portland player.

Whitaker said he usually receives a report from the Texas Association of Sports Officials on Monday, but never received one and failed to call the UIL to check on the ejection.

“Where I screwed up is I went back to TASO. I said, ‘I haven’t seen a report on this kid,” Whitaker said. “They got back to me and said that report was never filed by the official. I watched the film and he (the ejected player) never made contact maybe the official pulled the ejection. I talked to three TASO officials and they all said just fall back on local policy. I said, ‘We have no local policy on ejections.’ I didn’t follow through with it and call UIL.”

Whitaker not only reported the violation to the UIL, he also informed the district executive committee and Alice coach Kyle Atwood.

Atwood told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Monday that he had received a call from the UIL saying the violation was reported.

Whitaker invited parents of his players to his residence Sunday night and told them about the rule violation and the forfeit.

“I felt like I owed that to them to tell them,” Whitaker said. “I had a house full of them. I mean they all showed up. They were very supportive. I told them I had no excuses. I mean it’s my responsibility to call the UIL. You’ve got to go to the UIL.”

The forfeit drops Calhoun to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district. The individual statistics from the game will stand.

“It just kills me,” Whitaker said. “This weekend was the worst weekend since my father died in 1991. I am just so ripped apart, not for me, for my kids.”

The Sandcrabs resume district play Friday night when they face Tuloso-Midway in Corpus Christi.

“My kids will be resilient,” Whitaker said. “When the parents went home last night, I got upteen-dozen texts from the kids. They were coming by this morning just hugging on me, ‘Coach Whitaker we’ve got this don’t worry about it.’ Thank God for the kids, they’re awesome.”

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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