High School Football

Goose Creek taking its case to court; Bluffton football team makes plans

info@islandpacket.comNovember 16, 2012 

For now, Bluffton athletics director Dave Adams says the school is making preparations to host Conway in a Class 4-A second-round playoff game at 7:30 tonight.

But he knows that could all change as soon as this morning.

Defending state-champion Goose Creek High School has brought suit against the S.C. High School League on Thursday afternoon and has a hearing at 9 a.m. today before Circuit Judge Roger Young at the Berkeley County Courthouse, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

Goose Creek, disqualified from the playoffs Tuesday for using an ineligible player, lost its appeal before the SCHSL on Wednesday night in Columbia.

As a result, for now, instead of traveling to face the top-seeded and 12-0 Gators, Bluffton (11-1) is scheduled to host Conway (6-6). The winner will advance to the Class 4-A semifinals.

"We just don't know," Adams said. "We're in limbo."

Adams said the Bobcats had buses lined up for the trip to Goose Creek, then canceled the buses. Now he'll have to make plans to have buses, just in case. The Bobcats also had a fan bus that was canceled. Now those fans would have to drive to Goose Creek.

Immersed in all of the work necessary to hold a home playoff game, Adams said he'd be back at it at 6 this morning. He can't afford to not be ready if nothing changes and Bluffton hosts a game, while at the same time, he can't ignore the fact the Bobcats may have to travel today.

And that doesn't factor in the fact that coach Ken Cribb and the Bobcats have to, in some respects, prepare for two teams.

Adams says he has no idea how long a ruling may take, but he said Bluffton needs to know by noon or so if they're going to have to travel, or there will be problems.

He also said he wouldn't be surprised if the game is postponed.

"I think it's a very good chance," Adams said. "All (the SCHSL) will tell us is they're meeting at 9 a.m. It's all in the judge's hands. Heck, he could hold up the whole state playoffs if he wanted to."

The Charleston Post and Courier contributed to this report.

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