Santa Ana Mater Dei announced Wednesday that it has forfeited last week’s 42-14 football win over Bishop Amat after discovering that a player who participated in the game was ineligible.
The school self-reported the violation.
According to a news release from Mater Dei, “The player in question was admitted to MDHS as a result of academic official transcripts which indicated that this fall season would be his 7th semester of high school enrollment. However, in the process of reviewing this student-athlete’s NCAA eligibility requirements, Mater Dei High School discovered additional academic transcripts from his native country (not the United States).
Whatever happens to St. Francis on Friday night against Mira Costa in its football season opener, the best news of all is that coach Jim Bonds will be on the sideline doing his usual job calling plays and leading his team.
“I’m back,” Bonds said Tuesday.
Bonds, 49, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects white blood cells. He has undergone four cycles of treatments, with two to go.