CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Secondary School Activities Commission - along with just about every Class AAA football team in West Virginia - is awaiting a court order from Jefferson County regarding the eligibility of Martinsburg senior quarterback Malique Watkins.
Watkins was ruled ineligible last week by the SSAC but received a temporary injunction from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David H. Sanders, enabling him to play in last Friday's 34-0 win over Washington.
Gary Ray, the executive director of the SSAC, said Tuesday his office is still waiting for a court order regarding the situation.
"Right now, we haven't gotten that yet,'' Ray said. "It hasn't come through. When it does, we'll make our determination from that point. Depending on what it says, we'll make our determination on what we need to do.
"We're not sure what it's going to say. It's difficult to consider what direction we'll be going until we see what it says. I think I know, but I'm not going to predict until we actually see what the judge has in the order.''
A lot of teams' playoff situations hinge on the status of Watkins, the leading rusher for the state's three-time defending Class AAA state champion. He's run for 865 yards and seven touchdowns and has completed 31 of 53 passes for 372 yards and three TDs.
Martinsburg is presently ranked sixth in AAA with a 5-1 record. If it ultimately has to forfeit those victories, several teams will get a boost, especially No. 12 Morgantown (5-1), which lost to the Bulldogs two weeks ago.
The SSAC ruled Watkins ineligible because he attended eighth grade in two different states - West Virginia and Maryland.