Greensboro Dudley High School has lost its second appeal with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, ending its quest for a second straight state title before it begins. Dudley was the top seed in the state 4A playoffs and was scheduled to take on 16th-seeded Jamestown Ragsdale tonight.

As disconcerting as it is that during the appeal process Dudley coach Steven Davis revealed other instances of using ineligible JV players aside from last Friday’s victory over Southeast Guilford, it is heartening to see Davis, Principal Jesse Pratt and athletics director Joe Goddette take full responsibility for the violations and —most thankfully — avoid the temptation of taking legal action to keep the players on the field.