By: Brian Rauf
The South Carolina High School League has set Goose Creek’s second appeal hearing for 2:00 p.m. Monday and will be open to the public. Circuit Judge Roger Young ruled Friday that the SCHSL has to reconsider Goose Creek’s case involving the use of an ineligible player citing the fact that the first hearing was held in private, which was against regulations.
The decision came down around 1:00 p.m. today and will allow Goose Creek to continue playing in the 4A- Division II playoffs. The Gators will play Bluffton at home tonight at 7:30. Before this decision, Bluffton would’ve played host to Conway, who lost to Goose Creek 48-7 in last week’s playoff matchup.
If the SCHSL upholds Goose Creek’s disqualification on Monday, Bluffton will advance to the next round no matter the result of tonight’s game. If the SCHSL overturns the disqualification, Goose Creek can advance with a win tonight.
The disqualification stems from Goose Creek football using a player who had already used all four years of high school eligibility. Goose Creek discovered the violation when checking the player’s basketball eligibility, and self-reported the violation on Monday, November 12, and were disqualified from the postseason. Their original appeal was heard by the SCHSL on Wednesday, November 14, who upheld the disqualification after closing the hearing to the public.