D.H. Conley, South Central football disciplined after fight, allowed to continue seasons

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – On Tuesday, Pitt County Schools released a statement detailing the NCHSAA discipline rulings for D.H. Conley and South Central football after a fight transpired at the end of Thursday's game.

Pitt County Schools statement:

"On Thursday, November 1st, following the final varsity football conference game between South Central High School and DH Conley High School, an unfortunate incident involving players and fans occurred. The 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference football game itself reflected a tremendous athletic effort by both teams, with South Central High School pulling out the win in the final seconds
of the game. Immediately after the game, however, student fans stormed the field, resulting in several altercations and some regrettable displays of bad sportsmanship. Pitt County Schools has been reviewing video, speaking to school officials and others and cooperating with the NCHSAA in its own investigation.

“It’s disappointing to have such a great game marred by the interactions between fans, players and coaches. We have been investigating internally at each school and cooperating with NCHSAA officials to determine the course of action and any discipline that may be handed down,” says Ron Butler, Coordinator of Athletics and Community Schools for PCS. “We have received the sanctions and are ready to address them and move forward.”

In communication to the PCS Superintendent, school athletic directors and both football coaches, NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker cited several disciplinary actions for South Central High School and DH Conley High School. In short, school fines were levied, several players were suspended, and several students were banned from further games this season. Both head football coaches are also required to take the NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior course prior to the next contest. According to NCHSAA rules, teams may appeal the rulings. However, both South Central and DH Conley have accepted the penalties and will not appeal. Representing South Central High School, Athletic Director Chris Cherry says, “We accept the decisions and are looking to move forward. After finishing an undefeated season, South Central football doesn’t want this to interrupt the rest of the season and playoffs.”

Representing DH Conley High School, Athletic Director Rob Maloney states, “This afternoon, the NCHSAA informed us (Conley) of penalties that were handed down in reference to our actions during this event. We have reviewed the penalties and have accepted them with no plans of appealing. We also plan to use this experience as a teachable moment for all of our student athletes, coaches, and fans. In addition, we wish South Central the best of luck in the playoffs.”

Finally, PCS AD Ron Butler states, “Regarding the future of athletics, we are working toward making sure the only people that come onto our fields are those who are associated with each team.”