BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY has confirmed with South Brunswick High School that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has kicked South Brunswick out of the state playoffs. This means Havelock's football team has advanced into the 3-A Eastern finals without having to play a third-round game this week due to South Brunswick having to forfeit their playoff privileges. South Brunswick had three players ejected during Friday night's win over Southern Wayne.
The NCHSAA ruled Monday that, in accordance with the ejection policy, the team is disqualified from the playoffs. Teams that have three members of its team ejected for fighting are disqualified from the postseason.
South Brunswick principal Wayne Price told WWAY the altercation occurred directly in front of the South Brunswick bench. "During this actual incident the players that were ejected, we as as a school feel that one of the players was not involved in the incident and we plan to appeal in order to try to vindicate the one young man who was not invloved." Price actually filed a written appeal to the NCHSAA Monday afternoon. Terrell Stanley, James Price and Tyquan Cox were the South Brunswick Cougars that were ejected by the game officials.
South Brunswick High School defeated Southern Wayne on Friday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A football playoffs, but in the game South Brunswick was assessed three ejections for fighting.
Late Monday afternoon the NCHSAA released the following statement. "By NCHSAA rules teams in the following situations will not be allowed to participate in the playoffs: --a team whose players or coaches accumulate three or more individual ejections for fighting...if a team hits either threshold (total ejections or ejections for fighting) during the playoffs, it will be disqualified from further participation in the playoffs."
South Brunswick is appealing the decision based on that rule to the NCHSAA Executive Committee on Tuesday morning, so there is no resolution to the situation yet. We will keep you advised of further developments.