Berkeley Schools: 'Error in transcript' led to Goose Creek DQ

The Gators Friday night against Conway (Brandon Geier/WCIV)

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -{}Officials with the Berkeley County School District said Tuesday evening the disqualification of Goose Creek High School from football playoffs stemmed from a transcript error.

The problems arose from "an error in transcript," said Berkeley County School District communications chief Amy Kovach. She added that the school reported the infraction itself to the high school association.

According to representatives from the Berkeley County School district, Goose Creek is pursuing an appeal, but declined to comment further for fear of jeopardizing the appeal.

The Goose Creek High School football program was disqualified from the playoffs for using an ineligible player during the Gators' 48-7 win over Conway last Friday night, said{}officials with the South Carolina High School League.

Amy Kovach, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the school reported a violation to officials but would not confirm exactly what was reported.

"We self reported," she said. "We found an error in a transcript and decided to self report immediately, which we did yesterday evening. (We) called the league and had a good conversation with them. They made an appropriate decision to disband play until we could get an appeals process underway which happened today and then we'll move forward tomorrow."

At football practice on Tuesday, Head Coach Chuck Reedy declined to comment, deferring to the Berkeley County Schools representative who was supposed to field questions from reporters.

According to a source close to the situation, the disqualification centers around a fifth-year student who is ineligible to play. The school's principal, Jimmy Huskey, traveled to Columbia on Monday. Huskey is also the 4-A representative for the SCHSL executive committee.

SCHL is working to arrange enough people to hear an official appeal during a hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

If the disqualification stands after the appeal, Conway would advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Goose Creek won its first state title last year. Just last Friday night the Gators defeated Conway 48 - 7 and are undefeated so far this year.

The Berkeley County School District released this statement:

"Today, administrators of the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) determined that Goose Creek High School (GCHS) violated League guidelines and therefore will be ineligible to compete in the playoff game scheduled for Friday, November 16.

"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 Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Columbia, SC.

"GCHS athletes were informed today. The League has notified Conway High School, whom Goose Creek defeated on Friday, Nov. 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.

"Players will practice today as scheduled."

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