Cardinal Ritter football shut down for season

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A high school football season that looked like it could be heading toward a state title for Cardinal Ritter is now over.

The Lions were 7-0 heading into Friday night's scheduled home matchup against Granite City.  

That's when results of an investigation by school officials, the St. Louis Archdiocese, and the Missouri State High School Athletics Association led to sweeping changes.

Not only has Cardinal Ritter forfeited the wins for using an ineligible player in its season-opener, but it is canceling the rest of its games.

School president Tamiko Armstead says the entire coaching staff has been let go, and athletics director Preston Thomas decided to retire.

Armstead says it's important to honor the school's mission of faith development - academics - and leadership. He says Cardinal Ritter has a responsibility to its students, community, and the Catholic faith to live out that mission. 

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