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LHSAA rules that Destrehan must forfeit win against SLHS

LHSAA rules that Destrehan must forfeit win against SLHS

Today the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) has ordered Destrehan High School’s football team to forfeit Friday night’s victory against South Lafourche after determining that the Wildcats’ coaching staff illegally accessed the Tarpons’ practice film.

South Lafourche head football coach Dennis Skains confirmed the news of the forfeiture. LHSAA’s final ruling deems that four Destrehan assistant coaches will be suspended two games because of the incident and one assistant coach will be suspended for the rest of the season and the entire playoffs.

 Those suspensions may be longer than the LHSAA’s penalty, as the St. Charles Parish School Board has indefinitely suspended each coach involved, as well. Destrehan will be placed on probation following the incident.

 The entire situation stems from the Wildcats’ unauthorized use of HUDL software to see Tarpons’ practices before this past Friday’s game, which Destrehan won 49-24.

 According to a press release from the South Lafourche administration, several members of the Destrehan coaching staff accessed a password-protected portion of the site and logged more than 10 hours of activity to access the Tarpons’ practice film from the past several weeks.

 With the ruling, the Tarpons are now 5-3 on the season and 4-1 in district play. South Lafourche will return to the field tomorrow night and take on Thibodaux – a game that will be televised regionally on FOX Sports New Orleans.

 Attempts to reach Destrehan High School were unreturned as of Wednesday afternoon.