Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lower Richland High School's football team hadn't a won playoff game in 22 years. That changed last Friday when they beat upstate school Blue Ridge, 26-21.
But Thursday, Lower Richland had to forfeit that victory due to using an ineligible player, thus ending their run in the state playoffs.
"I don't want this to happen again," said Charlie Flemming, his son is a ninth grader on the Lower Richland squad.
He and other parents ofLower Richland High School football players are furious, and demanding answers, after learning the team has to forfeit last weeks playoff win, ending their season.
"Man you can't even imagine. Lower Richland hasn't been to a playoff in twenty one years! Here we got a playoff game!" he said.
Flemming wanted to know why his son's team can no longer play. So News19 asked Lower Richland's principal Kelvin Wymbs.
"I want to make sure everybody knows there was no malice or no intent to gain an athletic advantage in this situation. It was just a missed transfer," said Wymbs.
He says one of their players, transferred to Dreher High School two years ago then transferred back. Because of the student athlete didn't sit out a year, it makes him ineligible.
"He transferred back to the same home address which by the high school league rules that makes him ineligible. That's why it's a transfer violation," said Wymbs.
Commissioner Jerome Singleton, with the South Carolina High School League, asked Lower Richland to look into their player's ineligibility after he was notified by Dreher High School.
"Personnel from that school notified us," said Singleton.
His staff doesn't investigate school, but does enforce the rules created by the members of every high school in the state.
"Sometimes we get a call from an anonymous person saying well you may want to check this. So the process we follow when that occurs is we call the school," said Singleton.
According the rule book: "A transfer student will be ineligible for a period of one calendar year." It also lists around ten exceptions that will allow an ineligible player to play; however in Lower Richland's case, none were met.
"We have re-evaluated our processes and this will never happen again," said Wymbs.
Lower Richland says they didn't fill out the proper paperwork and that is what caused the issue. It's one parents like Flemming hope gets worked out so he can watch his team win a playoff game.
"Anything to keep the kids from being disappointed again," said Flemming.