According to a source with knowledge of the Byrnes situation, the Rebels played an ineligible player in their regular season game against Dorman and has to forfeit that game. However, the source said that while the final decision has been left up to High School League executive director Jerome Singleton, Byrnes is not expected to be kicked out of the playoffs.
The source said officials were not made aware of the situation until late Friday afternoon, too late to do anything about the brackets. The source said the only change in the brackets would have been Dorman and Byrnes switching positions. So, Dorman would have played Spring Valley Friday night and Byrnes would have played Stratford.
The source said the difference in this case and the Lower Richland case is LR played an ineligible player in a playoff game. If Byrnes had used an ineligible player in the playoff game, it would have forfeited that game and been removed from the playoffs.
Saturday members of the 4A football committee discussed the situation with Singleton and determined this was a High School League matter. The source said the committed felt this was not a playoff issue but a regular season issue and that no competitive advantage was gained.
So, pending a final decision from Singleton, Byrnes takes an extra loss in the regular season but continues in the playoffs, while Dorman, which lost Friday night, picks up another regular season victory.