Football: North Branford-Lewis Mills Ruled Double Forfeit

Posted by William Bateman on Oct 31, 2010 0 comments

This report filed by The Courant’s Tom Yantz:The bench-clearing fight during the North Branford-Lewis Mills football game Saturday night was ruled a double forfeit Tuesday by the CIAC and a loss was credited to each team.The Pequot Conference Sassacus Division game was stopped with 11:24 remaining in the third quarter at Muzzy Field in Bristol with North Branford leading 42-7. All players on the field and from both benches were ejected. Therefore, they are ineligible to play in their next games Friday, according to rule 4.7.A (2) in the CIAC bylaws. There are 51 players listed on the North Branford roster and 50 on the Lewis Mills roster on the casciac.org web site. No coaches from either team were ejected from the game Saturday night. “I can remember individual players being ejected, but I can’t ever remember entire teams,” said Paul Hoey, associate director for CIAC. Lewis Mills athletic director Dave Tanner said the team already has forfeited its game at Haddam-Killingworth Friday. The two forfeits drop Lewis Mills’ record to 1-6.  ”At this point we don’t have any comment on the rules that have been applied,” he said. North Branford athletic director Chris Webster had no comment. Its home game against SMSA/University Friday night is still listed on the CIAC schedule. This indicates the Thunderbirds are trying to field a team from players who didn’t dress against Lewis Mills and from those on the junior varsity and freshmen teams. The forfeit loss to Lewis Mills damages North Branford’s playoff chances. The Thunderbirds had been 4-2 and ranked No. 7 in the Class S rankings before the Lewis Mills game. Today they are 4-3 and stand 12th. In a statement, the CIAC said it had consulted with the game officials, the interpreter of the state football rules, and staff/football committee members from the National Federation of High Schools before announcing its decision. The CIAC follows NFHS rules in football.

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