The Portales Rams had to forfeit their first two games of the football season on Wednesday — wins over West Las Vegas and Tularosa — due to the use of an ineligible player.
“There was a mixup in the residency of one of our players,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “It’s been cleared up. We reported it to the NMAA (New Mexico Activities Association). It wasn’t our fault or the kid’s fault. We dealt with it and now it’s time to move on.”
Johnson would not disclose the name of the player, but did say that from the third game on the player has been eligible. He is still on the team.
Portales, which beat West Las Vegas 19-7 and Tularosa 22-14, fell to 2-5 for the season with the forfeits. The Rams open District 4-3A play at 7 p.m. Friday at defending district champion Ruidoso.
The forfeits will not impact the Rams’ chances at the playoffs, officials said.