The Watertown Red and Black was awarded a forfeit victory for its Aug. 18 game against the Albany Metro Mallers at the Empire Football League year-end meeting Sunday.
The Metro Mallers forfeited that game, suspended at halftime due to Albanys locker room being broken into at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, and their eight on-field victories for using a player not eligible under league bylaws. Albany quarterback C.J. Tarver was ruled ineligible due to playing for the Saginaw Sting of the Arena Football League earlier this year.
EFL rules state that a player can not play in its league and a league in which he is paid to play in the same year.
As a result, Plattsburgh was crowned the EFL regular season champions and will get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Syracuse placed second, Monroe County is third and the Red and Black finished fourth. All four teams finished with identical 7-3 records.
Watertown will host fifth-place Vermont (5-5) in a first-round playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner will play at Plattsburgh in the semifinals the following week.
Syracuse and Monroe County also received byes in what is now a five-team playoff, and will play a semifinal game on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Albany dropped from first place in the standings to eighth with a 1-9 record. It was credited with a forfeit win over Montreal on Saturday because the Voyageurs did not have enough players.