COLUMBIA — Defending football champion Goose Creek has been disqualified from the state playoffs by the South Carolina High School League.
The league said Tuesday that the Berkeley County high school used an ineligible player and has been removed from the postseason. The league said Conway will replace the Gators in the Class 4A Division II playoffs on Friday. Goose Creek (11-0) was the top-seeded school in the 16-team playoffs.
Dru Nix with the league says Goose Creek will have an appeal at the SCHSL headquarters in Columbia on Wednesday.
Nix confirmed that Goose Creek self-reported the ineligible player Tuesday morning.
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 were scheduled to host Bluffton on Friday.
Earlier, Class 4A power Byrnes High was disqualified and reinstated after its appeal. The case involved an ineligible player who dressed out but did not play in one game. Byrnes forfeited that victory over Dorman.
As a result of the ruling, Byrnes dropped to 10-2 overall and Dorman improved to 9-3. Byrnes will be at home Friday against Spartanburg.
High school playoff schedule
Class 4A Division 1 Upper State: Stratford at Gaffney and Spartanburg at Byrnes
Class 4A Division 1 Lower State: Boiling Springs at Dutch Fork and White Knoll at Irmo
Class 4A Division 2 Upper State: Bluffton at Goose Creek (pending appeal) and West Florence at Northwestern
Class 4A Division 2 Lower State: York at South Pointe and North Augusta at Greenwood
Class 3A Upper State: Chester vs. Daniel and Union at AC Flora
Class 3A Lower State: Strom Thurmond vs. Hanahan and Socastee at Hartsville
Class 2A Division 1 Upper State: Cheraw at Fairfield Central and Newberry at Central
Class 2A Division 1 Lower State: Edisto at Timberland and Loris at Dillon
Class 2A Division 2 Upper State: Blacksburg at Chesnee and Chesterfield at Abbeville
Class 2A Division 2 Lower State: Bamberg-Ehrhardt at Silver Bluff and Lee Central at B. England
Class A Division 1 Upper State: Ware Shoals at Christ Church
Class A Division 1 Lower State: Estill at Johnsonville
Class A Division 2 Upper State: Hunter Kinard Tyler at McCormick
Class A Division 2 Lower State: Cross at Lake View
SCISA Class 3A Championship: Hammond vs. Augusta Christian
SCISA Class 2A Championship: Hilton Head Christian vs. Thomas Heyward
SCISA Class A Championship: Williamsburg vs. Bible Baptist