All Sickles had to do was win out and reach the playoffs.

Now that scenario is gone.

As first reported earlier today by Big County Preps and later confirmed by the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa-based high school will be forced to forfeit all four games won so far this season including three district games after the school falsified an address on a player which was self-reported to the FHSAA.


The forfeits now put a new wrinkle into the District 7A-8 playoff scenarios for this week.

With the forfeits counted, Plant and Wiregrass Ranch are now both 4-0 in the district. If both teams win their respective games tonight, they would clinch playoff berths and play for the district championship next week. Gaither is right behind both teams at 3-1 and if Wiregrass Ranch were to lose this week, but beat Plant next week, a three-way tiebreaker shootout would most likely happen.

Sickles now falls to 0-7 and 0-5 in District 7A-8 with one district game remaining next week against Tampa Freedom.