San Fernando Hit Again
The City Section Rules Committee on Monday stripped two local high school football teams of victories and severely damaged the postseason hopes of another.
San Fernando, already stung by two forfeit losses, forfeited three Northwest Valley Conference victories when the committee ruled that running back Roger Bausley was academically ineligible when he transferred from Granada Hills last summer.
San Fernando’s record drops to 1-8, 1-5 in conference play and puts the Tigers, who have won five in a row on the field, in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.
Also forfeiting a game was Monroe, which used an ineligible reserve defensive lineman in a defeat of Van Nuys.
Five Cleveland players were suspended for the rest of the season including playoffs for their part in a a brawl shortly after a game two weeks ago against Granada Hills.
Coach Joe Santellano said the players include starting quarterback Junior Brignac, wide receivers Alex Kalinowski and Sidney Smith, linebacker Leo Almodovar and running back Keewan Irving.
Santellano said he received a videotape from a Cleveland parent later Monday that he feels exonerates Brignac, Kalinowski and Smith. He plans to appeal to the City Section today.
Contributing: Mike Bresnahan.