Greensboro Dudley High School is anxiously waiting on word from the NCHSAA following appeal of the Panthers’ suspension from the state football playoffs for using an ineligible JV player in the final regular season game.

The Panthers are the top seed in western bracket of the state 4A playoffs and were poised to make a run at a second straight championship.

N&R columnist Ed Hardin says Dudley’s season shouldn’t ruined on a technicality, but by the same token, coaches need to know the rules. I wouldn’t say precendence is on Dudley’s side; the NCHSAA came down on Northern Guilford for using an ineligible JV player last season, ending the Nighthawks 34-game win streak.