The Franklin County High School football program won an appeal on Wednesday to restore its postseason eligibility for the 2021 season.
The football Rebels were placed on postseason probation for the 2020 and 2021 seasons as a result of a fight between the Rebels and the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles during an Oct. 23, 2020, game in Shelbyville.
The Golden Eagles were given the same punishment of a two-year postseason ban for their part in the melee.
Both programs presented their cases to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Board of Control on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.
After the appeals were made, the Board of Control unanimously voted to rescind the probations for both teams, effective immediately.
The fight in October 2020 which caused the initial punishment occurred late in the third quarter as the Golden Eagles held a 43-10 lead.
A scuffle between two players after the whistle escalated into a brawl between the then-regional foes.
Seven players, including four Franklin County athletes, were ejected in the aftermath with the officials electing to end the game early.
The football program was also fined $2,250 for the incident, according to a letter from the TSSAA.
FCHS elected to suspend nine players involved for the final game of the 2020 season.
While the Rebels and the Golden Eagles have been regional rivals on the gridiron for years, that will change in 2021 with Shelbyville moving up to 6A. The teams are not scheduled to play each other during the upcoming season.
The Rebels are scheduled to open their 2021 campaign on Aug. 20 at home against Coffee County Central High School.