CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elkins and its single-wing offense are back in the mix in the Class AAA playoffs.
On Monday, the SSAC restored the eligibility of Elkins senior running back L.J. Lawrence and the seven wins of the Tigers football team, which puts them back in the No. 8 spot of the AAA ratings and again reshuffled the figures of many teams in the AAA and AA playoff chases.
The SSAC announced the change in a release distributed to media around the state.
"Elkins High School will not be required to forfeit any football games,'' the released stated.
Last week, the SSAC ruled that Lawrence, who has run for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, was ineligible because of residency requirements, forcing the Tigers to forfeit all their wins.
Shortly thereafter, though, the situation changed.
Since Lawrence was considered homeless by federal guidelines, it was argued by Randolph County school officials that he should be covered by the government's McKinney-Vento Act, which outlines a course of action for schools to handle the education of homeless students. In that act, state athletic associations are required to remove barriers like attendance rules that prevent homeless students from participating in sports.
Lawrence moved to Randolph County over the summer to live with his grandmother. During the firestorm, he received legal representation and his attorney, Lori Gray, filed a motion in Randolph County for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction against the SSAC ruling.
A judge was set to rule on the matter early this week, and a hearing on the temporary injunction motion was originally scheduled for Friday morning.