Vista Murrieta forfeits 5 football wins

The Vista Murrieta football team, ranked No. 10 in the Southland by ESPNLA, has forfeited five nonleague victories this season for using an ineligible player, the school announced Monday. The penalty was self-imposed.

In a release issued by the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, it stated the issue involved a player who had transferred to the school from Georgia in fall 2009. At the time, the former school had confirmed to Vista Murrieta officials that the player was a sophomore.

Before the start of Southwestern League play two weeks ago, the school learned the player was actually in his ninth semester of high school, a violation of CIF-Southern Section by-laws.

“The new information provided to Vista Murrieta was completely contrary to the written and verbal communication of the student's transcript and grade level that was provided by his former school at the time the student entered Vista Murrieta,” the release stated. “The student in question was unaware that being in his ninth semester of high school would have any impact on his athletic eligibility.”

The forfeits will drop the Broncos' overall record to 2-5, but will not have an impact on their postseason eligibility. The playoffs are seeded based on a team’s placing in league play, and the ineligible player did not participate in any league games, according to the school.