The North Lincoln Knightsâ€™ 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 Northâ€™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.
â€œI 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,â€ Freeman said.by Staff Reports