The Ripon High School football team’s road to the playoffs got a little bit harder last weekend.

   The team was forced to forfeit its Sept. 1 win over Winneconne as a result of the use of an ineligible player.

   With the forfeit, the Tigers’ record falls to 1-1 in the East Central Conference and 2-2 overall.

   In order for a team to be guaranteed a playoff spot, it needs to have a winning conference record. That would mean Ripon needs to finish 4-3.

   Ripon has games remaining against Waupun and Kettle Moraine Lutheran teams that it defeated last season, as well as contests versus the perennially top-three teams of Berlin, Kewaskum and Plymouth.

   Ripon High School Athletic Director Bill Kinziger emailed the Commonwealth a statement about the issue Sunday night.

   “Due to an unintentional administrative oversight when determining eligibility, a football player that participated in the varsity football contest on 9-1-17 was ineligible. As a result, Ripon High School administration immediately contacted the WIAA to report the oversight. After examining options via the WIAA, the only recourse was to forfeit the game.

   “We regret the oversight and sincerely apologize to those that are impacted, especially the Ripon High School Football family.”

   The players were told about the news during a meeting last night (Sunday) and were sent home with a letter to share with their parents.

   Kinziger noted he couldn’t release the ineligible player’s name due to confidentiality reasons.