After winning three straight games to end the regular season, the Class 3A Yamhill-Carlton football program knew it was on the bubble for its first playoff appearance in more than a decade.
But when the 3A playoff bracket was announced Oct. 27, Yamhill-Carlton was ranked No. 16 at 5-4 on the year and just missed inclusion, effectively ending its season.
The coaches said their farewells and players handed in their equipment.
However, Yamhill-Carlton was contacted by the OSAA on Nov. 1 and told an error was made in the data entry for the 3A playoff field, an error that caused the program to miss the playoffs.
After an in-person meeting between OSAA officials Peter Weber and Brad Garrett and Yamhill-Carlton principal Cindy Schubert, football coach Brennon Mossholder and athletic director Matt Wiles, it was determined that discovery of the error was too late to correct, but that the OSAA should draft a letter explaining what happened to the Yamhill-Carlton community.
The letter, addressed to Schubert, was shared with parents and players.
“As we discussed Thursday afternoon with you and Matt Wiles, I humbly apologize to you, your team and your entire school community in reporting to you that an error occurred by OSAA staff when entering another school’s forfeit of a game earlier this season,” the letter reads, in part.
“We became aware and confirmed the error had taken place on Wednesday, October 31 and spent that day working through the impact the error would have had on the rankings. After reviewing the information, we determined that had the information been entered correctly by OSAA staff, Yamhill-Carlton would have been in the 3A football state playoffs.”
— The Oregonian