published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Dalton High School’s appeal over ineligible player is denied

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    In this file photo, Dalton football head coach Matt Land rotates the team through practice.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Barring a late charge deep into the postseason, Dalton High School’s streak of 51 consecutive winning season looks to be in serious jeopardy.

On Friday afternoon, according to the Dalton Public School’s website, “The GHSA appeals panel has denied Dalton High School's request for relief from the forfeiture penalty imposed due to the participation of an ineligible player.”

The GHSA ruled that Dalton must forfeit four wins for using an ineligible player earlier this season. Revering the four wins to losses puts Dalton’s record at 2-6 heading into tonight’s game at Southeast Whitfield, which allegedly reported Dalton to the GHSA for playing transfer Corey Smith.

Extra security has been requested for tonight’s game.

For more on this story, check back to and read Saturday’s Times Free Press.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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