Updated: George Walton Academy forfeits 6 football games

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George Walton Academy, a Class 1A Private school in Monroe, is forfeiting six of its nine football victories in 2020 after reporting rules violations to the Georgia High School Association.

The Walton Tribune first reported the news Monday afternoon, citing a letter from the school to faculty, parents and other stake-holders.

The GHSA fined George Walton $1,000 per violation, the newspaper said, though the number of violations is uncertain. The school’s board of directors began an investigation last month to look into alleged improper payments to a student athlete, the newspaper previously reported.

George Walton fired football coach Shane Davis last month, although the school has not linked that move to any GHSA violations. Former Mount Paran Christian offensive coordinator Logan Beer was hired as Davis’ replacement.

The GHSA confirmed the games that George Walton is subject to forfeiting are against Social Circle, Stratford Academy, Mount Vernon, Holy Innocents’ (two games) and Christian Heritage. Regular-season win over Athens Christian, Banks County and Loganville Christian would stand. The GHSA originally indicated that the playoff victories were safe but corrected that information later Tuesday.

The GHSA would not confirm the number of penalties or fines, calling it an open investigation as long as appeals are possible.

George Walton was 9-3 overall and reached the Class 1A Private quarterfinals and finished No. 8 in the final AJC rankings. George Walton’s updated record is reflected on GHSFHA.com.

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