A high school football team in the Finger Lakes region of New York has forfeited its entire season after seven players took the painkiller oxycodone before a game.

WKBW-TV Buffalo reports that the seven on Geneseo High School’s varsity football team, all but one of them 16 years old, took the pills before Friday night’s game. Per the story, one of the players allegedly took the drugs from his parents’ house.

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“A number of players have been dismissed from the Geneseo High School Varsity Football Team,” Geneseo Central Schools Superintendent Tim Hayes wrote in a statement. “These dismissals stem from serious violations of the District’s Code of Conduct and Athletic Eligibility Standards.”

Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said the cops are looking into the matter, and students may be charged when the investigation is complete. The oxy use was discovered when players on the team who didn’t participate in the odd teen drug-taking ritual narced.

During a late afternoon press conference, Hayes said the decision was painful because it also affected several players and families who were innocent and had done nothing wrong. Some of those innocent players, said Hayes, had come forward to report the drug use. However, Hayes explained the number of students involved made it impossible to field enough players to continue the varsity football program this year.

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Yes, those students have been rewarded for their honesty by losing the rest of their football season. Sorry, kids!

Incidentally, the drug-numbed Geneseo team beat Bolivar-Richburg, 26-24, on Friday night. But the team has forfeited that game as well.

h/t Dave