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North to forfeit victory

The North Lincoln Knights’ 19-17 victory over Charlotte Christian will not count due to a forfeit because of an ineligible player participating.
According to Principal Rick Freeman, it was brought to his attention over a week ago that a problem may exist regarding the eligibility of one of the North’s football players due to a violation of the NCHSAA residency policy.
After investigating the matter, Freeman determined that it indeed appeared the policy had been violated and on Thursday, Sept. 23rd, he faxed and mailed a letter to the NCHSAA outlining the problem and asked for a ruling.
On Thursday, Sept. 30th, Freeman was notified by the NCHSAA that North Lincoln must forfeit any games won by the school in which the player participated.
“I sincerely hate that this has happened. In 24 plus years as a high school principal I have never had to forfeit a game for any reason and to do so now really hurts. Our guys have worked really hard and made great strides as a team and their win over Charlotte Christian went a long way to make up for the season last year. I regret this action for their sake but the rule regarding residency is very clear in the NCHSAA Handbook and I had a duty to notify the association as soon as I realized the error,” Freeman said.by Staff Reports

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