PARKERSBURG (AP) - The Secondary School
Activities Commission has decided to let an Elkins High School football
player continue competing.
The SSAC declared running back James
Lawrence ineligible last week and stripped Elkins of its seven wins
this season. The SSAC based the ruling on a residency requirement.
But the Randolph County Board of Education reviewed the facts and
determined Lawrence was protected by a federal statute under which he is
considered to be homeless and therefore eligible to compete.
SSAC Executive Director Gary Ray says Elkins won't be required to forfeit any games.
Elkins is 7-2 this season and was eighth in the latest SSAC Class AAA
computer ratings. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season
make the playoffs.
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