Another Mecklenburg County High School football team is breaking the rules. West Charlotte High School will have to forfeit the football season last fall, pay a $250 fine and refund any money for the play-off game.
This is all due to the need for an ineligible player’s residence.
This is the second CMS school, although the issue of player disqualification leads to a confiscated season. There were several players on the Myers Park High School roster who was not Charlotte.
“I think it’s unfair,” said Jaya Jones, a graduate of West Charlotte High School. It is obvious. West Charlotte High School graduates spent Thursday defending their alma mater.
I think it’s very unfair to public schools in general, Jones said.
Tyrese Davis, a graduate of West Charlotte High School, said, “He’s not in the district, so they can’t win.” Why?
The Lions have gone through seven wins and four defeats this season. Now, that all means nothing.
“You’re picking up a win that they’ve won themselves,” Davis said. I don’t think people are considering kids at the moment, Jones added. When did we stop caring for children? Due to residency, the team had an ineligible player on the roster, which is against the rules of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
And you just take that away from them, Jones said. Not just for one child, but for all of them. This is inappropriate. They worked for it and did what they had to do to get to this point, Davis said. And then you say they can’t win? West Charlotte is not the first high school to be convicted of such a crime. The Myers Park football team was fined just over a month ago for the same thing and was forced to cancel its last season.
Some people get scholarships and things, that’s their livelihood, Jones said. Where will they go, and what will they do? It is a rule that proud West Charlotte Alum says players should not be punished.
“It’s completely unfair for a teenager to choose the home they live in,” Davis said. This makes parents more responsible for their own life situations.
Queen City News has reached out to the head football coach of West Charlotte High School, but he has no comment to share at the moment. QCN also reached out to the school’s athletic director but did not hear back.