Sep 9, 2011
Regardless of win-loss records, neither Northwest Halifax or Weldon will participate in the state football playoffs this fall.
N.C. High School Athletic Association Deputy Commissioner Que Tucker said Friday morning that both teams have been barred from the playoffs after a fight occurred on Tuesday night between the two teams.
"Both teams exceeded three ejections and are not eligible for the 2011 football playoffs," Tucker said.
Between the two teams, a total of 11 players were ejected from the game for fighting.
According to NCHSAA rules, a team who accumulates three or more ejections for fighting over the course of the season is immediately ineligible to compete in the state playoffs. Six or more ejections for reasons other than fighting will have the same result.
Tucker said both teams were over the limit on Tuesday night.
In addition, both schools can face a $1,000 fine for fighting, and players ejected for fighting will have to sit out for the next two games. A player who was ejected for a reason other than fighting must sit out one game.
The fight broke out on Tuesday night when two players began to push one another with 4:10 left in the second quarter, according to the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald. The pushing match escalated into multiple players from both teams being involved in an altercation.
After both teams were moved to their respective sidelines, coaches and officials gathered and decided to end the game. Northwest Halifax came away with the 26-0 win over Weldon.
Northwest Halifax sits at 2-1 on the season, while Weldon is 0-2.