The GHSA will not address the controversy surrounding Redan’s 60-58 loss to Southwest DeKalb last month.
It was a significant event because it was Redan’s first loss during the regular season since 2008. Redan is currently ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA.
Redan girls coach Jerry Jackson said he submitted paperwork to the GHSA, indicating that his team did not get credited for two points scored in the first quarter due to miscommunication between the scoring table and referees. Jackson said it was an innocent error, but he had the film to prove it. He was hoping the GHSA would rule the game result as a tie.
“We don’t hear protests when it comes to overturning the results based on the call of an official or the official scorebook,” said Ralph Swearngin, the GHSA’s executive director. “Whatever is the final score that is validated, that’s what the final score is. There is nothing that can undo that.”
Jackson knew his appeal was a longshot. “We got beat by Southwest DeKalb, we’ve accepted the loss, and we’re moving forward,” he said.
“I’m sorry Redan feels that way, but I didn’t see any reason for a protest,” Southwest DeKalb coach Kathy Walton said. “If anything, we felt like we had more reasons to be upset about the [game management] than Redan did, and we didn’t take it any further.”
Redan has appeared in the last three Class AAAAA state championship games, winning against Marietta in 2009. Meanwhile, Southwest DeKalb is the three-time defending Class AAAA state champions.
Redan moved down to AAAA this season after GHSA realignment. Redan is in the same region with Southwest DeKalb, and the two powerhouses will have a rematch on Feb. 8.
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