Youth football league wins appeal after losing rankings due to recording error

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (CBS) – Players in a junior football league went from the number two team to ineligible for the playoffs this weekend.

A record error benched the players.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Friday night, Country Club Hills’ Midwest Hawks Youth Football organization won their appeal — and can now play. But there is a catch.

On Friday night, the Midwest Hawks participated in a quick and unscheduled practice. The 12-and-under youth team received a major blow this week when they were told they couldn’t play.

“Honestly, I was a bit disappointed because, as you all know, we’ve worked really hard this season to get to where we are,” Midwest Hawks player Andres Bowers said.

Andres and his teammates learned that despite excelling all season on the pitch, their winning season was called off. This is because their head coach failed to meet the proper deadline to certify the squad roster at the start of the season.

“I felt like our opportunities were taken away from us for some insignificant reason,” Andres said.

The Northern Illinois United Youth Football League advised coach Bert Kennerson that although all the players were of playing age, his poor record keeping resulted in five winds that resulted in losses.

This moved the Hawks from number two to number eight in the standings.

“I thought I took the right steps. I thought everything was taken care of,” Kennerson said. “But later we found out that wasn’t so true.”

That mistake and the drop in the standings ended the boys’ chances in the playoffs this weekend.

“All we wanted was for our kids to go out there and have a chance to play,” mother Angela Jackson said. “If we lose a game, we can accept it.”

Their 8-1 season turned into 3-6.

The team therefore appealed all week. Finally on Friday, the league delivered news that made players smile – they can play and keep their ranking.

But coach Bert is out – and not allowed on the pitch.

“I will always be at the game,” Kennerson said. “I may not be on the sidelines cheering them on, but they know I’m there, and they know I’m supporting them.”

On Friday night, the boys were training again – preparing to leave everything on the pitch and give their best for their coach.

“Honestly, I just want to go out there and win for him,” Andres said.

“Thanks for letting the boys play,” Jackson added.