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Eligibility Issue for Two High School Football Players Argued in Court

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Should they stay or should they go?

That's the controversy surrounding two high school football players on an undefeated eastern Kentucky team. There are two players who had played for Huntington High School, but who were expelled late last year after an altercation with another student.

A temporary restraining order placed in September has allowed the players to stay on the team for Fairview High School.

In Boyd County Circuit Court on Monday, both sides argued their case for or against a temporary injunction.

"Here we are, your Honor, at the end of a football season, getting ready for playoffs and we have an eligibility case," says Chad Collins, attorney for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. "When they enrolled, they were ineligible under the rules and regulations of Huntington High School, therefore they were determined not to be eligible in the state of Kentucky."

The plaintiffs' lawyer claims otherwise.

"The Cabell County School Superintendent himself stated in a letter, their expulsion had been lifted," attorney Sharon Rowsey said."That lifted their ineligibility. Ineligibility to play and not allowed are two different terms with two different definitions."

The two players are currently on the roster for the Fairview Eagles, which is currently undefeated in the 2012 season. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking down toward the end of the season..

"Action like this comes at a critical time when playoffs are creeping up on us in three weeks or so," Collins said. "It's important to all the member schools and teams in the tournament that everyone who's participating is participating legally and appropriately."


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