Blue Ridge High School’s football team is back in the Class AAA playoffs.
The Tigers lost to Lower Richland 26-21 in last week’s first round, but Blue Ridge coach Wade Cooper said his school was informed by the South Carolina High School League at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the Tigers have new life.
It’s Blue Ridge and not Lower Richland that will travel to Daniel for a second-round game tonight.
“Apparently Lower Richland played an ineligible player against us, and of course, had to forfeit the game to us, which put us back in the game,” Cooper said. “Even though we’ll have little to no preparation time, we’re going to play.”
Cooper said Blue Ridge was scrambling to get its team back together, beginning with those who had already moved on to basketball.
“They were going to a scrimmage tonight at Chapman, so we got them off the bus and got them back here,” Cooper said.
“We’ve had to re-issue equipment. Our coaches will work through the night tonight to break down film and do a game plan. We’ll work as best we can with our kids (Friday) at some point during the day and go play another ballgame.”
Blue Ridge won its first nine games this season. The Tigers lost to Greer in Week 10 but still earned a share of the Peach Blossom AAA Region championship.
Daniel is 9-2, although the Lions haven’t lost on the field since Week 1. The school turned itself in after discovering it had dressed an ineligible player during its 35-0 victory over Palmetto Sept. 21.