Mosley forfeits two wins for ineligible football player

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Although the Mosley football team had a bye in week 7, the result of an investigation into an ineligible player hands them two losses.

The Dolphins forfeit their two wins this season against Bay and Pace.

The Dolphins, previously 2-4 overall, forfeit wins over Bay and Pace from September.

A statement released by the school Friday afternoon explains the player in question was previously eligible before Hurricane Michael, then transferred to another district.

His involvement was flagged September 16. A self-report and investigation followed, with the first win coming in a game in which the player played and the second being surrendered out of good faith.

“It was never our intent to circumvent any rules,” Mosley principal Brian Bullock said in the official statement. “We have made the very difficult decision to forfeit the additional game in question because we want to be clear that we would never knowingly play an ineligible player.”

Athletic director Josh Vandergrift expressed remorse publicly and in an email to superintendent Bill Husfelt, adding "we take the concept of fair play extremely seriously and will always have every intention of abiding by the rules of competition.

"As the Athletic Director, I should have worked more closely with our guidance department to make sure that something like this didn’t happen. I apologize to the Mosley High School football program, our amazing student body and faculty/staff, our Dolphin parents and fans, as well as the entire Lynn Haven community."

This forfeit comes the week after head coach Jeremy Brown served a one game suspension against Fort Walton Beach stemming from a volunteer assistant's legal troubles and disregarded administrative directive to cut ties with the staffer.