The football programs at Lithonia and Stone Mountain have forfeited a total of nine games for using ineligible players, according to DeKalb athletics spokesman Mark Brock. The decision was made by the Georgia High School Association.
The forfeitures have led to the resignation of second-year Lithonia coach Earl White, according to Brock. The status of Stone Mountain coach Dante Ferguson is not known.
The forfeits knock both teams out of playoff contention in Region 6-AAAA. Stone Mountain was 6-3 and was enjoying its best season since 2004. The Pirates could have qualified for a state playoff berth with an upset win on Friday over Southwest DeKalb. Lithonia was 4-5 before the forfeits.
Stone Mountain, now 1-8, was forced to forfeit wins against Miller Grove, Forsyth Central, Lakeside and North Springs. The Pirates’ win over Lithonia was considered a double forfeit because both sides used ineligible players.
Lithonia, now 0-9, forfeited wins against Forsyth Central, Chamblee, Miller Grove and Lakeside.
The forfeits change the playoff picture in 6-AAAA. Southwest DeKalb, Marist and Tucker all have qualified for the state playoffs. The fourth seed from the region now will be determined by the winner of Friday’s game between Miller Grove and Chamblee. Before the forfeits, Miller Grove was not in contention for the final playoff spot.
The GHSA did not reveal which players were ineligible or why they were ineligible.