GHSA denies Islands High Football appeal; team faces forfeits

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FILE – Islands High Football huddles during September 2019 game against Beach High School

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has denied an appeal regarding violations of student-athlete recruiting rules made by the Islands High School Football program.

Last week, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) confirmed GHSA found Islands in violation of a number of by-laws.

WSAV Sports has since learned that the violations regarding Recruiting or Undue Influence of three football players at Islands High were substantiated.

As a result, the school faces a $3,750 fine and a forfeiture of four wins against Southeast Bulloch High School, Metter High School, Calvary Day School and Beach High School.

The Sharks’ record goes now from 5-1 to 1-5.

In response to the GHSA’s ruling, the school system provided a statement which reads, in part:

SCCPSS is committed to providing fair, competitive, and safe athletic opportunities in a manner that enhances positive learning experiences for all of our students. We regret any adverse effect this situation has caused the Islands High School Football program and its student athletes.

The District remains committed to improving the operational practice of all athletic programs. It is critical that we ensure all staff, including coaches, and players are fully knowledgeable about and committed to adhering to the policies and procedures of our governing authorities. Our commitment to follow the established GHSA rules and regulations throughout all our high school athletic programs is a matter of priority.

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