For the first time ever in Georgia High School football playoff history, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate voluntarily forfeited its first-round game against Banks County on Wednesday. The forfeit comes after last Friday’s game against Hapeville in which a fight that took place.
The game was for the Region 6-AA championship. Hapeville won the game 57-6.
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate issued a statement that read, “In partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, we have decided to forfeit this Friday’s football game against Banks County as a result of students violating our code of conduct. It is our policy to not speak to the specifics of student disciplinary actions. We are proud of the work our scholar-athletes have done in the classroom and on the field this year and we look forward to resuming football again next season.”
The team officially finishes with a 7-4 record.
KIPP will owe Banks County restitution and could face other possible fines and penalties, the GHSA said.
The game would’ve been the first playoff game in the history of the KIPP program, which began in 2013.
The game also would’ve been Banks County’s first home playoff game since 2011. Banks County is 0-9 all-time in playoff games. Banks County now will face the winner between Glenn Hills and No. 1-ranked Benedictine in the second round next week.
According to WSB, KIPP Atlanta students staged a walkout from classes on Wednesday.