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Denton Guyer forfeits win because of ineligible player
DENTON — State Class 4A champion Denton Guyer forfeited a football victory Monday, telling the District 5-4A executive committee that it unknowingly used an ineligible player in the first two games of the season.
Guyer, the No. 1 team in SportsDay’s area 4A rankings, forfeited the 35-14 win it recorded Sept. 5 over Colleyville Heritage. The school said it also used the player in its Aug. 29 game against Cedar Hill, which it lost, 38-28.
The player did not participate in Guyer’s 35-17 win Friday against Flower Mound Marcus.
The player was discovered to be ineligible because he was a foreign exchange student in 2012 — usually a one-year deal — but decided to return to Guyer this year. University Interscholastic League rules allow for a one-year waiver for extracurricular activities for foreign exchange students.
The student also had three years of high school in his home country before coming to Guyer in 2012, so this year is his fifth of high school.
“In my 41 years [in coaching], I’ve never had a foreign exchange student stay for two years,” Denton ISD athletic director Ken Purcell said. “Most of them are one-year programs, so that’s all you ever worry about.
“You get a one-year waiver from the UIL for a foreign exchange student. It’s just your assumption they’re going back to their home country. It’s my understanding that some of his family moved here, and he stayed for his senior year.”
When the student-athlete enrolled at Guyer in 2012, he did so as a junior because his credits from his home country did not all transfer.
The student also played tennis and recently played in a match against Trophy Club Byron Nelson. His victories in the match were forfeited, but Guyer still had enough points to win the match.