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Pennsylvania high school forfeits football game because of alleged hazing incident

LEROY BOYER
The (Pottsville) Republican & Herald (TNS)
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MOUNT CARMEL — Friday afternoon, the Mount Carmel Area School District officially canceled and forfeited its game with Warrior Run, Mount Carmel athletic director Greg Sacavage said in an email.

The game was set for Saturday at Warrior Run.

The district took this action due to a hazing incident with the football team, Sacavage continued. Mount Carmel will self-report this information to District 4 and the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference, he added.

Mount Carmel is one of the most storied programs in all of Pennsylvania high school football. Coming into this season, according to the Pennsylvania Football History website (pafbhistory.com), Mount Carmel led the state in all-time high school football victories at 866.

Mount Carmel was 2-1 this season before Saturday’s forfeit.

A statement from Mount Carmel Area Superintendent Pete Cheddar reads:

"The Mount Carmel Area School District has informed the Administration at Warrior Run Area School District that it is canceling and forfeiting its Varsity Football Game to be played at Warrior Run this Saturday at 1 p.m. MCA informed Warrior Run that it is canceling due to an ongoing investigation of an alleged hazing violation by members of the football team from an incident that occurred off school district campus. This incident was reported to the school district administration from the Mount Carmel Township Police Department.

"We are saddened to make this announcement but feel swift and firm action is warranted given the information that was provided to local police. Due to the confidential nature of the investigation no other information can be provided at this time. This investigation is ongoing and additional team and player consequences may be warranted.''