WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - The director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Davis Whitfield, released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the South Columbus-Southern Vance ejected player situation. South Columbus football coach Jake Fonvielle tells WWAY that proper procedure was not followed by the NCHSAA. Fonvielle says paperwork that intended to filed by the referee of the Southern Vance regular season finale was not filed in time. He believes that clerical error may have cost his team a chance to continue in the playoffs.
The South Columbus Stallions did not practice on Monday. The team was prepared to practice on Tuesday, but they will not be hitting the field on Tuesday. Southern Vance beat South Columbus 12-6 in their first round playoff game.
CHAPEL HILL (NCHSAA) -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association was made aware on Saturday, Nov. 16, of a situation involving a Southern Vance player who participated in the football playoff game with South Columbus the night before. The question about his eligibility for that game revolved around whether or not the player had been ejected from a contest on November 8.
A thorough investigation included conversations with officials who worked the game as well as coaches and administrators. It has been determined that the ejection report, which is filed by the officials with the NCHSAA and then creates the official notification for the schools involved about an ejection, did not transmit prior to Saturday, November 16. Therefore, the young man participated in the game against South Columbus.
As a result, the athlete will serve his suspension in Friday night’s playoff game between Southern Vance and Eastern Randolph, and the result of last Friday’s South Columbus-Southern Vance game will stand.