Written by Mike Kelly
Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:03
The St. Stephens High football team finally cracked the win column on Monday afternoon.
But they didn't do in on the field. The Indians, who were winless through their first five games this season, were awarded a forfeit win when Maiden High forfeited its 36-10 win against St. Stephens after unknowingly using an ineligible player during a September 9 game. Maiden High released a statement announcing the forfeit on Monday.
Maiden’s record goes from 3-2 to 2-3 and St. Stephens goes from 0-5 to 1-4. The ineligible player was discovered late last week during a check of academic records that was not related to athletics, according to Maiden principal Dwayne Finger.
Finger also pointed out that the player was no longer with the team. North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules on eligiblity states that any student-athlete who dresses for an athletic event is considered to have participated.
The Indians, who lost to Alexander Central 40-7 in their Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener last week, entertain South Caldwell Friday night at home. The Spartans (4-1; 1-0 NW3A/4A), riding a four-game winning streak, begin the night in a three-way tie for first place with Watauga and Alexander Central.
NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A STANDINGS
WATAUGA 1-0; 3-2
SOUTH CALDWELL 1-0; 4-1
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 1-0; 2-3
HICKORY 0-0; 3-1-1
FRED T. FOARD 0-1; 1-4
HIBRITEN 0-1; 3-2
ST. STEPHENS 0-1; 1-4
FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAMES
WHS @ HICKORY
SOUTH CALDWELL @ ST. STEPHENS
ALEXANDER CENTRAL @ FRED T. FOARD
DAVIE COUNTY @ HIBRITEN
All games begin at 7:30 p.m.