Updated 9 a.m., Nov. 17
The Goose Creek (S.C.)
saga grows even stranger.
Earlier this week, the nation's No. 13 team was disqualified from the playoffs by the South Carolina High School League
for using an ineligible player.
An appeal on Wednesday was shot down, and the team's season appeared to be over despite beating Conway on the field, 42-7, last week.
Goose Creek took the SCHSL to court on Friday and, after hearing from attorneys for both parties, a judge ruled that Goose Creek could play Bluffton tonight
and that the SCHSL will reconvene on Monday at 5 p.m. to review Goose Creek's eligibility, according to Phil Bowman of the Post and Courier.
Goose Creek beat Bluffton 35-25 on Friday — SEE QWIXCORE ON GAME
— but on Monday could be ruled ineligible again, creating a playoff bracket quagmire for the SCHSL.
While Goose Creek fans were ecstatic to have new life. Bluffton coaches had to be miffed at having to play an opponent that it has not spend the last three days preparing for.
According to Rachel Heaton of the Island Packet, Bluffton had to move swiftly to procure buses
to travel to Goose Creek.
Had it played Conway, the No. 16 seed in the bracket
, it would have hosted tonight's game.
The reaction from the Goose Creek side seemed to be a sense of accomplishment, tempered with the realization that there are still several major hurdles to clear, both on the field and off it.
Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey told Goose Creek Patch after the hearing, "This is a victory for our community."
Star receiver Tramel Terry
tweeted shortly after the announcement, "We won time to get to work fellas."
Goose Creek entered the game against Bluffton as the prohibitive favorite. It's unclear what the SCHSL will do now if it finds Goose Creek used an ineligible player in its win over Conway. The SCHSL voted against Goose Creek by margins of 9-2 and 10-1 earlier this week
, the odds still appear good that Goose Creek will once again be disqualified on Monday.