Judge Says NC High School Can Play In Playoffs

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina judge has issued a temporary restraining order which will allow a high school football team to participate in the state playoffs.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson met with lawyers for the players from Terry Sanford High School and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Thursday afternoon.

Lawyers for the players said the judge issued a temporary restraining order around 5:45 p.m., meaning the school will face Pine Forest High School in a game scheduled for Friday.

Terry Sanford's team was ruled ineligible on Monday after the discovery of problems with a player's credits and attendance.

About 70 football players, students, parents and others gathered at the courthouse. One player led the group in prayer, asking that "the right thing is done."

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