The St. Charles Preparatory School football team lost two games last week.
On Sept. 28, the Cardinals forfeited their 34-12 win over Washington Court House on Sept. 22 because they used an ineligible player in the contest.
One day later, St. Charles lost at home against DeSales 31-0 in its CCL opener to fall to 0-6.
"We used an ineligible player (against Washington Court House)," athletics director Dave Lawler said. "He was disqualified after time expired (in a 29-28 loss at New Philadelphia on Sept. 15) and we found it out through paperwork. The protocol wasn't followed by game officials who needed to inform the coach when there is a disqualification."
OHSAA director of communications Tim Stried said St. Charles appealed the ruling before an OHSAA independent appeals panel, but it was denied.
"It's my understanding that the (game) official sent the ejection report to the OHSAA and to the school's athletic department, and (St. Charles staff) said they had received it but had not read it," Stried said. "They played the student-athlete the following week and that's why they had to forfeit the game.
"Officials normally inform the coach when a player has been disqualified, but (not telling the coach) has happened before at or near the end of a game. A lot of times, the coaches or officials leave quickly at the end of games."
The Cardinals will look for their first official win Friday, Oct. 6, at Mansfield Madison, which also is 0-6. The Rams lost to Ashland 56-13 on Sept. 29 and have surrendered 51.7 points per game. Madison is scoring an average of 13.8.
The Rams are led by senior Mason Campbell, who started the season at wide receiver but has moved to quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is in his first season with the program.
Campbell attends Mansfield St. Peter's but plays football at Madison because the Spartans do not have a program. In basketball at St. Peter's, he was honorable mention all-state in Division IV.
Against Ashland, Campbell rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries and defensive back Kyle Jackson had an interception and a fumble recovery.
St. Charles had just 70 total yards, all rushing, against DeSales. The Cardinals' only pass attempt was incomplete, and Taylor Bryant rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries.
Runners win big
at London meet
The cross country team won the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic on Sept. 30 at London Country Club as its top five runners grouped to finish eighth through 12th.
Ethan Encarnacion was eighth (17 minutes, 27.2 seconds) to lead the Cardinals, who scored 50 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Grandview (106) as 19 teams scored.
Ryan O'Brien (ninth, 17:31.0) was next for St. Charles, followed by Kenton Colvin (10th, 17:33.3), Liam O'Reilly (11th, 17:35.9), Mitch Whittaker (12th, 17:37.3), Iain Karas (14th, 17:38.5) and Owen Karas (39th, 18:14.7).
The Cardinals compete in the Eisenhart Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Thomas Worthington.
The golf team played in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Clover Valley, with the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advancing to district Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Apple Valley.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Last fall, the Cardinals shot 297 at district to win ahead of runner-up Dublin Jerome (300). They then placed second (307) at state behind Cincinnati St. Xavier (303).
The Cardinals compete Saturday, Oct. 7, against Jerome at Pinnacle.
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles soccer and water polo teams:
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. New Albany
Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 7-8 -- Milford Invitational