KIPP Atlanta forfeits first-round playoff game to Banks County

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November 14, 2014 Acworth - An official runs off the field after Allatoona High School's Russell Halimon (3) scored a touchdown against Carver-Atlanta in Acworth, Ga. (SPECIAL/BRANDEN CAMP)In an unprecedented move in GHSA football playoff history, K.I.P.P. Atlanta Collegiate voluntarily forfeited its first-round game against Banks County on Wednesday.

According to the GHSA, K.I.P.P. officials chose the forfeit because of a fight among players that occurred during the team’s game Friday against Hapeville Charter that decided the Region 6-AA championship. Hapeville won the game 57-6.

K.I.P.P. will owe Banks County restitution and could face other possible fines and penalties, the GHSA said.

The game would’ve been K.I.P.P.’s first-ever playoff game. The Atlanta charter school started varsity football 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.

This is the first time in GHSA history that a team has voluntarily forfeited a football playoff game.

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