KIPP Atlanta forfeits first-round playoff game to Banks County
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.