If Butler is to advance beyond the first two rounds of the Class 4AA state playoffs, the Bulldogs will have to do so without star wide receiver Uriah LeMay on the field.
During Butler’s 33-14 win over rival Independence last week, LeMay, a University of Georgia commit, was ejected from the game for taunting after making a gesture toward the Patriots’ sideline. N.C. High School Athletic Association rules stipulate that a player be suspended for one game after an ejection. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools then matches the state ruling, meaning LeMay will not be eligible to return until the third round of the playoffs if the Bulldogs still are competing.
“I’m certainly disappointed that he will not be able to play,” Butler coach Brian Hales said. “The worst part about it is that it’s not like an injury that you have no control over. It is the result of a decision that Uriah made.”
Butler opens the playoffs with a Friday, Nov. 2, home game against West Forsyth. The Bulldogs (10-0) are the No. 1 seed in the Class 4AA Midwest Region.