High School Football: Championship Game Updates

The trophy and the title are being taken back.

Gretna vacated its Class A football state championship title after Nebraska School Activities Association ruled one of the Dragon's players ineligible.

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The unprecedented call comes two months after Gretna players defeated Omaha Westside 7 to 3 in the title game.

"Gretna Public Schools will vacate the 2021 football championship. And there will not be a state champion for the 2021 season," NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar said.

Bellar said in early December the NSAA received a complaint from another member school.

The complaint questioned if Tyson Boganowski, a junior receiver who transferred from Papillion-LaVista South, met the qualifications for living in the Gretna District.

"It was a domicile eligibility and we'll just let it go at that," Bellar said.

Bellar said following an investigation, he ruled Boganowski was ineligible.

On Thursday Boganowski's parents, Gretna football coach Mike Kayl, Gretna School Superintendent Rich Beran and their attorney appeared before the NSAA board to appeal.

After nearly a two-hour hearing and then two hours of deliberation all in closed session, the board unanimously upheld Bellar's decision.

Boganowski played a major role during the Dragons season with 22 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown.

Six receptions for 46 yards came in the state title game.

Bellar said while the state trophy will be returned, players and coaches will not have to return individual medals.

Boganowski's parents and Kayl did not want to comment.

Gretna Superintendent Rich Beran has not returned our calls or email.

Omaha Westside said they will not comment.

Source : https://www.ketv.com/article/gretna-high-school-vacates-2021-football-championship/38835323

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