Edna Karr had the team’s first three wins of the season removed from her record on the LHSAA website, which showed the outcome of those games as forfeit losses as of Friday afternoon.
The school declined to provide clarification on the reason for these withdrawals. Karr’s athletic director, Taurus Howard, said there was an “error” but didn’t say whether the error came from the LHSAA or the school.
The forfeits leave Karr with an 0-3 record. Like most LHSAA decisions, forfeitures should be appealed.
Karr started the season with convincing wins over LB Landry, Scotlandville and Warren Easton. The Cougars will make their District 9-5A debut Saturday against St. Augustine at 6 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Edna Karr scored a rushing touchdown on six consecutive possessions in the first half and added two more scores shortly after halftime along the way…
Karr has long been a national football powerhouse. The Cougars have appeared in the Class 4A state title game in 10 of the last 12 seasons and have won five times. This is Karr’s first season in Class 5A. Karr was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A in the latest LSWA state poll.
The LHSAA did not respond after a request for comment was made after regular business hours on Friday. As a private organization, the LHSAA generally does not provide documentation or issue public statements regarding decisions.
Last year, Brother Martin, De La Salle and Booker T. Washington were among New Orleans-area schools that saw several wins turned into forfeits due to player eligibility issues. Brother Martin and the La Salle trustees provided statements regarding these decisions shortly after each was published.
The forfeits could impact Karr in the playoffs. Three losses would leave Karr with a lower ranking in the Division I selection bracket than he would have otherwise earned.
The LHSAA has 34 schools listed as part of the Division I selection area. Of those, 24 will advance to the playoffs and eight hold a bye to the regional round.