The Alabama High School Athletic Associated has postponed a playoff game between Samson and Elba as it waits for guidance from the Alabama Supreme Court, according to AL.com.
A football playoff game in Alabama is hanging in the balance of a ruling that could issue a temporary restraining order to halt a second round matchup from proceeding on schedule.
As reported by AL.com, Friday night’s scheduled Class 2A playoff game between Samson and defending champion Elba could be postponed if Washington County is successful in obtaining a restraining order against the Alabama High School Athletic Association as it seeks to be reinstated in the playoff bracket. Last week, Washington County topped Samson but was retroactively eliminated after the Bulldogs were adjudged to have fielded an ineligible player in the 42-12 victory.
The violation meant an expulsion from the playoffs for Washington County, which sent Samson back into the playoffs despite what it had assumed was a 29-point loss. Yet all of that was before Washington County decided to fight the decision, with a judge hearing a case for a temporary retraining order on Thursday night. Yet, with government offices closed for Veteran’s Day on Friday, it’s entirely possible that a decision on a temporary restraining order won’t be issued in time to stop the game Friday night.
If it is, the order would almost certainly force AHSAA officials to postpone the Samson-Elba game until it is determined whether Samson or Washington County truly deserves to play.
Either way, the last ditch court effort has thoroughly muddied the playoff waters in Alabama’s Class 2A, with a holiday making it possible that no clean solution will be immediately presented for either party.