Friday afternoon, two high schools saw a happy resolution to the football controversy that had emotions at a fever pitch. Two other schools were on the other range of emotions.
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge rescinded his temporary restraining order, and thus, paved the way for Mayfield and Ashtabula Edgewood to retain their spots in the playoffs.
Cleveland Heights argued for and was granted the restraining order on Thursday due, they say, to an ineligible JFK player. The school argued JFK should have forfeited to John Adams. Because Cleveland Heights beat John Adams, they would have received second level computer points to qualify for the playoffs. The Ohio High School Athletic Association however, did not recognize the ineligibility of the player.
Mayfield athletic director Mike Barnes told Fox 8 on Thursday the school and its legal advisors would fight for the kids and on Friday they got their wish when the order was rescinded.
Shortly after the word came down from the judge, Cleveland Heights-University Heights school officials elected to not appeal the ruling. Superintendent Dough Heuer issued a statement, saying:
“We are very proud of our student-athletes and how they have represented Cleveland Heights High School over the course of this season. We are disappointed by the court’s decision to rescind its earlier ruling. We took this matter to court because it was the right thing to do for our kids. We acted in accordance with our understanding of the rules governing the OHSAA. We wish all of the teams who have been permitted to participate in the tournament the best of luck and well wishes.”
Ashtabula Edgewood plays Friday night in Division 4 and the Mayfield Wildcats face the St. Edward Eagles on Saturday afternoon in Division 1 at Byers Field in Parma. The game was moved from Lakewood Stadium, which has not had lights due to the recent storm.