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Byrnes won on the field on Friday night, but appears to be heading for a fight off the field to keep its season alive.

Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), perhaps the most prominent program in the state of South Carolina, may be disqualified from the playoffs for using an ineligible player, according to tweets from Sports Talk Radio Network.

Citing sources, Sports Talk claims that Byrnes, which has won 11 state titles, was ruled to have used an ineligible player and was disqualified. However, it appealed immediately and was allowed to play its game tonight against Spring Valley, which it won.

According to a tweet by Todd Shanesy of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Byrnes head coach Chris Miller denied knowledge of the situation.

"I don't know anything about that," Miller told Shanesy, when asked about player eligibility issues.

Sports Talk reports that Byrnes will have an appeal meeting tomorrow, though it later reported that Byrnes AD Bobby Bentley was unaware of any meeting.

Other reported suggested the ineligible player may have been appear in a junior varsity game, not a varsity contest, and would not affect Byrnes' playoff eligibility.

Right now, Byrnes is scheduled to play Spartanburg in the next round of the Class 4A-I playoffs.

Byrnes (11-1) was upset by rival Gaffney 22-18 on Oct. 12 but has been otherwise dominant this season, including wins over Northwestern, Dorman, and Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

It captured the Class 4A-I state title in 2011 and was considered a favorite in the bracket again this fall.

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