High School Sports

SouthLake Christian will not field a full-time varsity football team in 2015

SouthLake Christian beat Davidson Day 21-14 in overtime last season to win its second straight N.C. Independent Schools state championship.

SouthLake, which is 23-2 the past two seasons, won’t get a shot at a third consecutive title.

Athletics director Joe Haney said the school -- which the FBI began to investigate over a potential embezzlement scheme last October -- was suffering from a decline in numbers and would play an adjusted schedule this fall against junior varsity and varsity teams from other schools.

“Our roster numbers were low in the age level and we’ve adjusted our schedule for 2015,” Haney said.

Haney said he has reached out to schools that were originally on his SouthLake’s schedule to alert them to the change. He said the schedule adjustments were necessary for safety reasons. Haney said SouthLake would play a complete schedule this fall.

SouthLake won the NCISAA Division III state title in 2013 and won the Division II title in 2014.

Former SouthLake all-state running back Robert Washington, a Syracuse recruit, has transferred to Mountain Island Charter School, a 1A public school in Mount Holly. Also transferring are Washington’s brother, Aapri, a defensive back, and former SouthLake all-conference wide receiver Eric Gallman. Aapri Washington and Gallman are considered Division I college prospects.