Rumors surfaced on Thursday that the Northeast football program might be facing an investigation by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) regarding the use of an ineligible player in the first five games of the this season.

On Friday, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System issued a statement regarding the investigation:

“Northeast High School this week self reported to the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA)  the inadvertent playing of an ineligible player. 

A hardship appeal also was forwarded to TSSAA for consideration. Principal Tavis Massey said, “I can’t stress enough how difficult this is for a winning team, our coaches and the entire Northeast family. With that said whatever outcome there is, we are going to keep our focus on finishing this season as strongly as we started it. We have a quality program and this situation won’t tarnish that.”

 The player in question will not be playing in tonight’s game against West Creek High School.

Northeast Athletic Director Bradley Hutson commented, “Northeast is committed to fair play, good sportsmanship and  rule following, even when the consequences are heavy. This is a very talented team and that cannot be diminished.”

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