Ineligible Daphne football player, family speak out on camera about forfeit

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THE FAMILY AT THE CENTER OF A HIGH STAKES DAPHNE FOOTBALL FORFEIT IS TALKING FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE QUINNELLY’S SAY THEY — AS WELL AS COACHES — HAD NO IDEA THEIR SON WAS INELIGIBLE TO PLAY WHEN HE TOOK THE FIELD AGAINST SPANISH FORT. NEWS FIVE’S BRIANNA HOLLIS SPOKE WITH THEM THIS AFTERNOON.. BRI — I KNOW THEY HAVE TO FEEL TERRIBLE ABOUT THIS. hey’re upset … the timing questionable ….and to make matters worse … it was reported RIGHT AFTER JAMES GOT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE TROJANS’ VICTORY OVER THE TOROS. THE PERSON AFFECTED MOST BY THIS.. A KID. JAMES QUINNELLY. A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL. JAMES QUINNELLY/DEEMED INELIGIBLE TO PLAY: “Some people tell me like it’s my fault, I should have known better, I shouldn’t have played” IT’S A HIT JAMES QUINNELLY THOUGHT HE’D NEVER HAVE TO TAKE. AFTER TRANSFERRING TO DAPHNE HIGH IN JANUARY, HE PLAYED IN A SPRING SCRIMMAGE AGAINST McGILL. JOHN QUINNELLY/FATHER: To me it’s a big old nothing sandwich. He probably played, 20? 20 plays.” BUT — ON PAPER — THOSE 20 SNAPS.. MADE HIM THE CENTER OF THE TEAM’S FORFEIT. WHY? PER THE ASHAA, IF YOU TRANSFER, YOU CAN’T PLAY UNTIL THE NEXT SEASON. THE QUINNELLY’S SAY NO ONE THOUGHT THE SCRIMMAGE COUNTED. BUT IT DID. COACH KENNY KING TOOK FULL RESPONSIBILITY IN A STATEMENT SENT OUT TO MEDIA. AND SAID IN TURN, DAPHNE WOULD FORFEIT THEIR 35-7 VICTORY OVER SPANISH FORT. CHEERING NATS “It was great, the last time we took them down, my brother was quarterback. So it’s been like 5 years since we’ve won. So it was really a great feeling, especially my first game against them.” JAMES ONLY GOT TO HOLD ON TO THAT FEELING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. Bri: When you first heard what was going on, what was your reaction? My teammates, the seniors. You know, it’s a big deal beating Spanish Fort, and just to get that taken away from us, you know after how hard we worked all off season, it’s heartbreaking.” WHILE HIS COACH TOOK THE FALL, JAMES SAYS THIS WAS JUST AN OVERSIGHT. A RULE CONFUSION. NOTHING MORE. “You know, all Coach King wants to do is coach a good team and try and get as many wins as possible. And you know, there’s nothing malicious or evil going on. IN ADDITION TO THE FORFEIT — JAMES WILL HAVE TO SIT OUT DURING FRIDAY’S GAME AGAINST SARALAND. REPORTING LIVE OUTSIDE DAPHNE HIGH SCHOOL, BRIANNA HOLLIS, WKRG NEWS 5. THE MOBILE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IS IMPLEMETING NEW SECURITY POLICIES AT ALL OF ITS FOOTBALL STADIUMS

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