Temporary restraining order keeps Austin at home

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Morgan County judge issued a temporary restraining order that will keep the Austin Black Bears at home for their playoff game.

Last week Clay Chalkville had to forfeit all their games after using an ineligible player, meaning the top ranked team in the state would be home for playoffs.

That news benefited the Austin Black Bears. Austin moved from the third seed in class 6A region seven to the second seed and thus earned the right to host a first round playoff game at Ogle Stadium this Friday.

But a Jefferson County judge's ruling Tuesday put Clay Chalkville back in the playoffs the number one seed.

This latest ruling from Morgan County is the third ruling on the issue from three separate counties.

"Austin High School, and its football team, will suffer immediate and irreparable injury, harm and damage if a TRO is not entered," Decatur officials said in court documents.

They also say if the AHSAA does not modify it's playoff schedule, "Austin High School will be required to obtain transportation for its football team and their equipment at the last minute and to plan an opponent, Hoover High School, in Hoover, an opponent and venue for which it has not prepared through no fault of its own."

It's up to the Alabama High School Athletic Association to decide what's next and how it will impact Friday night's games.

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