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MO Class 2 No. 1 Cardinal Ritter cancels season

The No. 1 ranked team in Missouri Class 2 will not be competing for a state title when the postseason begins in two weeks.

PrepsKC has learned Cardinal Ritter is forfeiting its final two games of the regular season and will not play in the Class 2 playoffs.

The Lions had already forfeited their first seven games after it was found the team used a player that was supposed to be suspended in the first game of the season. That play dressed in a freshman’s jersey number and played in their win over Nazereth, Ill.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported earlier today that along with the forfeits the head coach Brandon Gregory had been relieved of his duties.

Then this afternoon it was discovered a second player who was supposed to sit out the first game after a discipline issue in the preseason jamboree had played in all seven games of the season making him ineligible in every game.

PrepsKC learned the St. Louis Archdiocese found out about the second player only today and stepped in and terminated the season.

Cardinal Ritter will not participate the rest of the season and will be taken out of the rankings when they are released Monday at 7 p.m. The Lions were a state finalist in Class 3 last season and one of the favorites to win the state title in Class 2 this season.

More reporting from the Post Dispatch as the entire coaching staff has been let go and the AD has retired.