Prep Football: Ledford forfeits 13-10 win over East Davidson
Due to a violation of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's eight quarter rule, Ledford must forfeit its 13-10 win over East Davidson on Sept. 13. Ledford used an eight quarter participant too many quarters in the game against the Golden Eagles.
According to the rule stated in the NCHSAA football handbook, an eight quarter participant is a freshman or sophomore, junior varsity football player who is allowed a maximum of eight quarters per season of “on the field” play as a varsity football player.
The player in question exceeded the allotted amount of quarters eligible during the contest with East.
“We did not in any way try to do something in violation of the rules, but by an innocent misinterpretation of the parameter of the rule, we did unknowingly violate the rule," said Donald Palmer, athletic director for the Panthers. “It was just a misunderstanding of how the rule worked. I am a rules and policy guy, and for me to misinterpret a rule is difficult to swallow. A rule violation goes against the principles that I stand for as an athletic director and a representative of Ledford and Davidson County Schools.”
Eight quarter participants must be pre-approved, and teams must report to the association on Mondays how many quarters they were used in during Friday's game.
Palmer was notified of the rules violation a couple weeks after the game with East was played.
“They (NCHSAA) called us Sept. 30 about this, so they have looked hard at it and I explained our situation in writing as well as directly to Que Tucker (NCHSAA Deputy Commissioner).”
The loss puts the Panthers at 4-4 for the year and moves the Eagles to 7-1. Ledford is playoff eligible with the four wins, but could take a hit when seedings are released in a few weeks.
“If we are in the top three in conference then it will not hurt as bad,” said Palmer. “Right now we still have four wins and are playoff eligible. If things happen right we could finish first, or if we lose the last few it can hurt us. We have to just move on from this and take care of our own business. We have got to win and secure our playoff spot.”
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