According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Mountain Crest High School football team will have to forfeit the first three games of the 2011 season because of an ineligible player. The Utah High School Activities Association ruled Thursday afternoon that games against Provo, Lone Peak and Woods Cross must be retroactively forfeited after determining running back Joseph Carlson was deemed ineligible. The Mustangs will also be fined $250 and sent a letter of reprimand. Carlson transferred from Logan and was deemed eligible in August on the condition that he moved into an apartment in Wellsville under the guardianship of his brother. After hearing testimony from both Logan and Mountain Crest officials the UHSAA determined that Carlson did not consistently live at the address through Labor Day, making him ineligible during that period. Since Mountain Crest played Carlson during that time, the team will have to vacate a win over Provo in the season opener. Mountain Crest lost to both Lone Peak and Woods Cross earlier this season, so the ruling does not change those results. Since the games were not region contests, it has no bearing on playoff seeding.
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