Jackson Prep Caught Having SSHS Students on Football Team
JACKSON, Tenn. – A high school senior football player has been caught playing for another school’s team and against much younger students. South Side High School coaches said they caught one of their players playing for Jackson Preparatory School three weeks ago. He was immediately kicked off the Hawks team but reportedly continued to play for Jackson Prep. When Jackson Prep was playing a game against Tigrett Middle School this week, referees noticed the high schooler playing. The player was kicked out of the game at half time. Coaches said they saw sophmore South Side students playing for the Jackson Prep as well. Jackson Prep’s principal and football coach Sidney Mayo said those students filled out a form saying they were home schooled. “This is unfortunate that this happened. Luckily nobody was hurt or anything like that. I hate it for the kids,” said Mayo. Mayo said they will not have another game until every athlete has a new physical and updates their information. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) sent a letter to South Side saying they took appropriate action. Mayo said he was never contacted about the issue by by South Side High School or the TSSAA. Jackson Prep said it is allowed to bring on students from other schools to their teams since they are not regulated by TSSAA.