ANCHORAGE, Alaska —
Through six weeks of the Alaska high school football season, the Chugiak Mustangs held a record of 3 and 3, and despite a Cook Inlet Conference mark of only 2 and 3, the Mustangs had a chance to make the state playoffs by wining their last two games. That all changed, however because of an administrative error that resulted in Chugiak using an ineligible player. The player was enrolled in a home school program and played all season, but it turned out he was not enrolled in a program recognized by the Anchorage School District. Despite pleas to the district and the ASAA, the team was forced to forfeit its three wins and thus fall out of playoff contention. The story did not end there, however, as the Mustangs rallied to win their last two games against playoff-bound West and East. Had the Mustangs not been forced to forfeit their other wins, they would have advanced to the postseason.
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