Skaneateles parents and players say they are elated tonight to be back in the playoffs. The game-changing decision came late this afternoon, when a Supreme Court judge in Onondaga County granted a restraining order allowing the lakers to compete in tomorrow's high school football semi-final match against Utica-Notre Dame.
"They are all eager to play, finish the season out," said Football Mom Dorothea Hughes, her son is a senior on the team. "It's created quite a bit of turmoil in the community. you know as a parent, you feel for your kids." CNY Central's Lisa Spitz spoke to Skaneateles coach Tim Green just after Judge DeJoseph made his ruling. He told CNY Central, "the judge granted a restraining order on Section III so I'm very happy to announce that our kids in Skaneateles are going to play football tomorrow. I'm thrilled that the judge ruled this way. And I'm thrilled that our kids who worked very hard...that not one of them has done anything wrong and all of them are going to get to play football. Right now, I'm going to focus on them and focus on the football game because we have to play a very good team."
Both sides are due back in court before Judge DeJoseph on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. "I understand the situation but I just hope that whatever decision is made is in the best interest of all the people involved," said Hughes.
The game is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday at Chittenango High School which is a neutral site selected for playoff games. The staff at Utica-Notre Dame hadbeen notified of the suspension, but was practicing as scheduled this afternoon to be prepared for Saturday's game should it take place. Skaneateles also practiced Friday night.
This morning, Section III officials met in executive session at their headquarters in East Syracuse to discuss a report that finds head coach Tim Green and his assistants tried to illegally recruit students to play for them at Skaneateles. Section III suspended the playoff game scheduled, which the Judge then blocked.
Section III Executive Director John Rathburn had no comment as the meeting let out. The Skaneateles superintendent has said he likely won't be able to comment until Monday.
According to the Post Standard, coaches from Skaneateles tried to improperly recruit at least nine players from other schools over the past two years.
Earlier this week, former Syracuse University and pro football player Tim Green denied the allegations to the Associated Press, saying "It's unfortunate, but that's life. Sometimes, things like this happen, but I have not let it take any enjoyment out of this. I've been determined and grateful for the players and coaches I have."