Shakeup in MHSAA 3A after forfeit

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MEADVILLE — There has been a change of opponents for not only MHSAA Division 7-3A champion Hazlehurst High School, but also runner-up Franklin County High School and third-place Wilkinson County High School.

That’s because Morton High School, which finished second in Division 6-3A behind Raleigh High School, had to forfeit eight wins due to an ineligible player — four of those in its own region. The violation was reported by Morton administrators before last Friday night’s game against Raleigh.

The violation means that Hazlehurst will play host to rival and now No. 4 seed Crystal Springs in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs this Friday at 7 p.m.

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Franklin County will now play host to St. Andrews Episcopal, which was bumped up from the No. 4 seed to the No. 3 seed in a first-round match-up. Kickoff was originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

However, Bulldogs head coach Anthony Hart said on Tuesday night that because of the threat of bad weather Friday evening, the game has been pushed back to Thursday. Kickoff will still take place at 7 p.m.

Wilkinson County is the No. 3 seed in Division 7-3A. But instead of playing at Morton, the Wildcats will travel to Simpson County to take on new No. 2 seed Magee. Kickoff for that first-round game is 7 p.m.

The only game not affected by this change is Division 7-3A No. 4 seed Jefferson County playing at No. 1 seed Raleigh.