Mauldin will play the rest of the way without starting quarterback Dre Harris, who broke his collarbone at the end of the Mavericks’ 56-33 loss to Spartanburg last week.
Mauldin (5-5, 3-3) will travel to Boiling Springs (5-5, 4-2) Friday night in the final regular-season game for both Region 2-AAAA teams.
With two seconds left in last week’s game, Harris, a junior, scrambled toward the sideline and when tackled, fell on his shoulder in a way that injured the collarbone, Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said.
“What got Dre hurt was the eight-quarter rule,” Taylor said.
Before the season, the South Carolina High School League did away with the eight-quarter rule, which previously allowed football players to play a maximum of eight quarters per week.
“In that situation, Spartanburg didn’t sub on defense because they couldn’t. They don’t have many backups either,” Taylor said. “Therefore we’re not going to sub on offense.”
Taylor said Harris was the only quarterback listed on the Mavericks’ roster. Their other quarterback, freshman Mitch Norman, played in the junior varsity game Thursday night.
“I hope that we as a coaching body can come up with some way to revise this thing for next year, where we can get some kids that can play on Thursday and Friday nights,” Taylor said.
“Dre improved every single week this season, threw for over 1,800 yards, 22 touchdowns, only had three interceptions and we had nobody to put in the game for him because of that rule.”
Taylor said both Norman and senior wide receiver Hunter Dawsey, a North-South all-star who played quarterback his freshman year, will play against Boiling Springs.
“If it goes well, we’ll probably do the same thing in the playoffs,” Taylor said. “If not, we’ll just settle on one of them for the playoffs.”