NCHSAA denies Dudley’s appeal to get into playoffs

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has denied an appeal by 2013 champion Greensboro Dudley to compete in the Class 4-A football playoffs after being barred for using ineligible players in last week’s regular-season finale.

The NCHSAA’s board of directors upheld a ruling Thursday by its executive committee a day earlier.

In a release Thursday, the NCHSAA said Dudley admitted the violation while “asking for mercy,” but the appeals process revealed possible additional violations this season.

The NCHSAA forced Dudley to forfeit its final win, triggering a rule disqualifying a team if a forfeit causes a change in record and seeding after playoff brackets are finalized.

Dudley was the No. 1 seed in the 4-A West bracket. Jamestown Ragsdale, Dudley’s 16th-seeded opponent, will advance to the second round.