By Kyle Roberts
Warren Easton has officially forfeited the first two wins of the season, including a 20-19 win over Ruston in Week 1, meaning the Bearcats are 3-0 heading into the match-up with Lafayette Christian Academy tonight.
The Eagles have to surrender wins over the Bearcats and Catholic due to what the school called “an administrative error” which led to an ineligible player being used in both contests. The LHSAA announced the ruling Thursday afternoon.
“To me, this is an absolutely verifies everything I’ve said about the ballgame whether you win or lose; what has transpired during the game hasn’t changed,” Ruston High head coach Jerrod Baugh said, following a conversation with an official from the Louisiana High School Athletics Association. “This shows how it ended up, we’ll get the win and power points, but what happens after the game as far as what we needed to work on doesn’t change. Sure, we’ll take the power points, but I feel for the kids at Warren Easton; they’ve been through a lot and it tarnishes what they’ve done.
“It doesn’t change how we have to progress from here. It’s unfortunate for the kids at Warren Easton, but we’ll all move on from here.”
Warren Easton had already been ruled ineligible for the postseason this year for rule violations related to recruiting, according to head coach Jerry Phillips back in August.
From a Power Points perspective, Ruston will benefit from any wins from Warren Easton moving forward, which could have a tremendous impact on seeding at the end of the year depending on what the Eagles do the rest of the season.
The Bearcats will take on Lafayette Christian tonight at home with a 7 p.m. kickoff.