Four area teams turned a loss into a victory Wednesday, as Allendale-Fairfax was forced to forfeit its seven wins when the S.C. High School League ruled the Tigers used an ineligible player in all nine of their games so far this season.
High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton confirmed the ruling to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat on Wednesday.
That means losses to the Tigers turned into wins for Hilton Head Christian, Ridgeland High School, Hardeeville High School and Whale Branch High School.
The ruling erases Hilton Head Christian's only blemish, a season-opening 28-6 loss at home. Officially, the Eagles are now 9-0 heading into Friday's home game against rival Hilton Head Prep.
Ridgeland, Hardeeville and Whale Branch also add a Region 5-A victory, buoying their playoff prospects. The Tigers apparently had clinched the region title with a 36-34 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Friday, but they drop to the bottom of the standings now.
Ridgeland (7-2, 5-1) moves into second in the eight-team region behind Bamberg-Ehrhardt (8-1, 6-0). Whale Branch (7-2, 4-2) is tied for third with Estill, which plays host to Allendale-Fairfax this week, and Hardeeville (2-7, 2-4) is tied for fifth with Bethune-Bowman.
The Hurricanes host Ridgeland on Friday, while Whale Branch hosts Bamberg-Ehrhardt.