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Order has been restored in the case of conflicting court-ordered restraining orders against the Ohio High School Athletic Association football brackets.

That means Mayfield and Edgewood (Ashtabula) are back in the playoffs as originally scheduled and Cleveland Heights and Beachwood - which were temporarily added into the playoffs for 24 hours - are now out. A very tough roller coaster ride for all four squads.

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Originally, this is what happened:

On Thursday morning, Judge Richard McMonagle issued a temporary restraining order against the Ohio High School Athletic Association involving a forfeit between John Adams (Cleveland) and John F. Kennedy (Cleveland).

According to, JFK discovered an academically ineligible player and forfeited a game but when the playoff pairings were released, the forfeit was not acknowledged by the OHSAA, thus throwing a computer-based point system awry.

Ultimately, it impacted the four team's above and it kept Cleveland Heights and Beachwood out and put Mayfield and Edgewood (Ashtabula) in.

McMonagle's order forced the OHSAA to accept the forfeit putting Cleveland Heights and Beachwood in – but Thursday night, another judge, Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, granted a TRO in favor of Edgewood and ordered the OHSAA to revert to its original playoffs.

The Mayfield school district and the OHSAA are asked McMonagle to rescind his TRO, which he did, thus pushing back the brackets to what they originally looked like on Sunday. Phew. The playoffs start in a couple of hours.