Kyle Silk

Kyle Silk

Former United standout Kyle Silk won’t be playing football for Ligonier Valley.

Silk, who transferred to Ligonier Valley after his junior year, was denied eligibility Tuesday when the PIAA upheld a previous District 6 decision that ruled the senior ineligible to play his senior season at his new school.

“Kyle is ineligible for football,” Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said. “I am devastated for him right now.”

As a junior, Silk scored a single-season area-record 241 points on the strength of 31 touchdowns last season and was an all-state second-team selection. He rushed for 1,506 yards and passed for 475 in helping United advance to the District 6 Class 1A title game.

A District 6 committee declared Silk ineligible after a 9-8 vote on Aug. 7. The PIAA upheld the decision with a 5-0 vote Tuesday after an appeal.

Silk had been practicing with the Rams since his transfer in June and can continue to practice with the team as well as play basketball, as Tuesday’s PIAA ruling pertained only to Silk participating in football games.