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Geneva players suspended for drinking

Updated: November 16, 2011 3:43PM

The Geneva Vikings will be without several players for Saturday afternoon’s Upstate Eight River contest with South Elgin due to one-game suspensions for a violation of team rules.

On early Saturday morning, defensive linemen James Clark and Andrew White were charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor by Geneva police and will not play for the Vikings.

A 17-year-old was also charged, but it is unknown if that person is a football player.

“It does affect things — we have several guys who broke team rules and will be suspended for a game,” Vikings coach Rob Wicinski said. “We’re very disappointed, there’s no doubt about it.”

According to Geneva athletic director Jim Kafer, Geneva school policy only allows for the suspension of student-athletes who are ticketed, fined or arrested for underage consumption. Players who are on site but not disciplined formally by police are not in violation of school or team policies.

“What you’re disappointed in is the character part of it,” Wicinski said. “That kind of lingers. But as far as the practical, logistical part of it, you just move on. We’ve got to get prepped and next guy up. That’s the mentality. We’re in machine mode now and we’ll coach up the next guys ready to go.

“Emotionally, yeah, we’re invested in these kids and we care about them a lot, and I was glad to see that everybody was safe. But we’ve got to move on too and be fair to the team.”

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