Judge Says HS Football Players Involved in Brawl Can Still Play This Weekend

What’s the best thing to do when four of your best players get involved in a brawl in a state playoff game and are suspended for the next game? Go to court, of course, and get some judge to rule that there’s not enough time for a full hearing before Saturday’s big game.  Great! School and high school athletic association be damned. These are the playoffs!

BONUS: Video of the brawl that’s one of the worst we’ve ever scene.

But first, some background on the story from Charleston Gazette:

Four South Charleston High School football players suspended after last weekend’s on-field brawl will play in Saturday’s state Class AAA semifinal, after Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday.

Because the courthouse is closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, there is not enough time to schedule a hearing where the four players — Tyler Harris, Pierria’ Henry, Emerson Gagnon and Trevond Reese — and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission can present their sides of the story, the judge said.

The players are now eligible to play in Saturday’s Class AAA semifinal game against Brooke High School. They were suspended Monday by the WVSSAC for their involvement in a brawl at the end of Friday’s playoff game against Hurricane High School at Laidley Field.

Webster’s order states that the players “have presented sufficient evidence to demonstrate that they will suffer immediate and irreparable harm” if they have to wait for a hearing before they can play.