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UPDATE: Pine Creek appeals forfeit loss to Liberty that cripples playoff chances

BRENT BRIGGEMAN Published: October 9, 2012

Pine Creek is appealing its forfeit of what had been a football victory over Liberty.

The forfeit resulted after Pine Creek became aware of a potential violation when it used a transfer perhaps before he had gained elibility. The Eagles self-reported the instance to the Colorado High School Activities Association and Liberty and were hit with a forfeit on Monday.

Pine Creek has appealed the forfeit and athletic director Matt Mahan said he will present his case to CHSAA representatives and at least three principals from the Pikes Peak League at some point next week. Mahan hopes to hear a result the same day he presents the case.

The Eagles (now 1-5) had initially won the Sept. 28 game against the Lancers 37-14, marking their first victory of the season. They followed that with a 21-0 victory over Falcon that looked like it might be the springboard to put them back into the playoff picture after an 0-4 start.

Instead came news of the forfeit and the No. 27 spot (out of 39) in 4A as the Colorado High School Activities Association released wild-card points for the first time this season.

“It’s been a rough week,” Pine Creek football coach Todd Miller said. “We're trying to do the best we can. Our minds have been everywhere.”

The Eagles started the season 0-3 after playing 5A foes who have a combined record of 14-4. All of those games were played within 11 points and the final two – losses to last year’s 5A championship game participants Lakewood and Columbine – were decided by last-minute field goals.

That rough start continued as the defending 4A runners-up lost 40-14 in the 4A Pikes Peak League opener at Vista Ridge.

The shutout of Falcon (5-1) showed Pine Creek was playing at a level similar to the norm for the program that boasted a 71-13 record from 2005-2011, but if the forfeit stands there’s little chance of continuing a streak of playoff appearances that began in 2005.

“We’re just trying to keep together a team that’s going through a lot,” said Miller, whose team also lost Wyoming-bound defensive lineman Dalton Fields to a season-ending arm injury. “It’s a lot for 16- and 17-year-olds – heck, even a 40-year-old – to deal with this.”

Liberty (now 4-2) finds itself back into the playoff mix. Rampart, Vista Ridge, Falcon and Air Academy are the Lancers' remaining opponents.

 

CHSAA FOOTBALL WILD-CARD POINTS

5A (out of 52)

32 teams make playoffs

Leader: Ralston Valley (5-1) … 97.000

No. 7 Fountain-Fort Carson (5-1) … 94.000

No. 49 Doherty (0-6) … 55.000

No. 51 Palmer (0-6) … 51.667

 

4A (out of 39)

16 teams make playoffs

Leader: Pueblo West (6-0) … 93.000

No. 7 Vista Ridge (5-1) … 85.500

No. 11 Canon City (4-2) … 80.333

No. 12 Falcon (5-1) … 80.333

No. 13 Cheyenne Mountain (4-2) … 78.833

No. 14 Liberty (4-2) … 78.833

No. 17 Mesa Ridge (4-2) … 74.167

No. 23 Sand Creek (3-3) … 65.500

No. 24 Rampart (2-4) … 64.500

No. 27 Pine Creek (1-5) … 63.167

No. 30 Widefield (1-5) … 56.833

No. 33 Air Academy (1-5) … 55.500

No. 37 Palmer Ridge (1-5) … 52.000

 

3A (out of 46)

16 teams make playoffs

Leader: Silver Creek (6-0) … 84.000

No. 3 TCA (6-0) … 80.000

No. 4 Discovery Canyon (5-1) … 78.500

No. 24 Coronado (3-3) … 58.500

No. 28 Lewis-Palmer (2-4) … 52.667

No. 30 Mitchell (2-4) … 52.500

No. 32 Sierra (2-4) … 52.500

No. 37 Woodland Park (2-4) … 47.833

No. 42 Wasson (1-5) … 43.167

No. 46 Harrison (0-6) … 33.333

 

2A (out of 36)

16 teams make playoffs

Leader: Bayfield (6-0) … 75.667

No. 5 Florence (5-1) … 67.167

No. 7 Manitou Springs (5-1) … 64.000

No. 17 St. Mary’s (3-3) … 52.667

For complete wild-card standings and an explanation, see CHSAA.org

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