Goose Creek football team disqualified from playoffs for using ineligible player, official says

Goose Creek Gators take to the field before their game with Summervillle in September. Buy this photo

The High School League has confirmed that Goose Creek has been disqualified from the Division II-AAAA state football playoffs.

Associate commissioner Dru Nix confirmed the league’s ruling Tuesday, saying the Gators used an ineligible player. She would not go into more detail, except to stay that Goose Creek self-reported the ineligible player this morning.

“You have to talk with school officials at Goose Creek,” she said.

Neither Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey nor coach Chuck Reedy could be reached for comment. Huskey’s secretary said he was in Columbia and would return later today.

The Gators topped Conway last week in the first round of the playoffs to push their record to 26-1 over the past two seasons. They are scheduled to host Bluffton on Friday.

The Berkeley County School District released a statement saying the school and Berkeley County School District will be appealing to the SCHSL’s executive committee for an exception due to extraordinary conditions. The appeal has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SCHSL office.

“Goose Creek athletes were informed today,” the press release said. “The League has notified Conway High School, whom Goose Creek defeated on Friday, November 9, that it will be advancing to the playoffs.

“To protect the integrity of that appeals process, the school and district are unable to provide additional details regarding the alleged violation at this time.”

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