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Tolman football banned from playoffs in 2014

January 28, 2014

Tolman head coach Dave Caito and his players will have to sit out the 2014 season.

PAWTUCKET – There will be no playoffs for the Tolman High football team in 2014.

On Monday, Tolman High Principal Christopher Savastano went before the Rhode Island Principals’ Committee on Athletics in hopes of getting the group to repel the decision of banning the Tigers from postseason play for one season.

On Tuesday, Interscholastic League Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte informed Savastano that the punishment would indeed stand.

The ruling stems from Tolman’s 54-0 non-league win against Hope High on Nov. 15. The game was halted with 35 seconds remaining when both sides engaged in a skirmish near midfield. After the RIIL caught wind of what took place, a meeting took place with representatives from Hope and Tolman.

Among the sanctions leveled was that both teams would be ineligible for the playoffs.

Hope has already served its playoff-related suspension. Tolman was already out of playoff contention at the time of the incident, so the Interscholastic League decided to impose the playoff ban for the 2014 campaign.

The news comes one day after the Tigers officially returned to Division II after posting a 3-13 record against Division I foes the past two seasons.

Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03

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