CHARLOTTE -- Mallard Creek High School's principal said she's appealing an ineligible player violation that forces the school to forfeit nine of its 10 varsity football wins this season.
CMS said the player violated a rule by playing for more than eight semesters.
As Mallard Creek's varsity football team practiced Tuesday afternoon, feelings of disappointment lingered on the field.
"It's very depressing when we found out because there was nothing we did or nothing we could do about it," football player Bertrum Dunn said.
Parents said they weren't happy with the decision to erase the work of a hardworking, undefeated team.
"They were upset, it's not normal, it's not fair to them," said parent Russ Williams.
"It doesn't matter how many games they're going to forfeit, the rule needs to be broader," said parent Steve Madison.
Because Mallard Creek self-reported the violation, the school will have to pay $250 in fines instead of $500.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools did not comment on exactly how the player violated the eight-semester rule.
But in a meeting, Principal Kit Rae told upset parents the school will appeal the violation to the executive committee of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The news came as some relief to parent Neyland Louis. He said he doesn't want the situation to affect his son, who is a senior on the team.
"He's got schools that are looking at him," Louis said. "He's going to college, so we want this thing worked out."
Still, parents and players said they're looking for answers.
"These guys worked hard 10-0 season. What else can you say?" said Madison.
In a written statement, CMS said it would appeal the eight-semester rule violation in an expedited appeal process before Nov. 8. The specific time and date have not yet been determined.