Goose Creek head coach Chuck Reedy reacts after SCHL ruling.
CHARLESTON, N.C. —
A federal judge denied a Goose Creek High School's student's motion Wednesday to stop a football playoff game and hear his argument that he was discriminated against because of a learning disability.
The motion was filed Wednesday against the South Carolina High School League after a high school football team was disqualified twice from the playoffs.
The request for a preliminary injunction was denied because the plaintiff’s attorney failed to serve the SCHSL and the judge said that was not fair to the league. The case could be continued it attorneys serve SCHSL.
The SCHSL kicked Goose Creek out of the playoffs last week after the school reported a player was ineligible.
The federal lawsuit was filed by the player that was deemed ineligible. It was filed to place a temporary restraining order on Friday night's game between Bluffton and Northwestern,abcnews4.com reported.
The filing says that proper legal representation was not present on behalf of the student at the first SCHSL hearing.
Goose Creek was undefeated and nationally ranked.
Goose Creek filed an appeal last Friday, and a judge agreed and overturned the original ruling, putting Goose Creek back on the field.
Another hearing was held Monday at which the SCHSL voted 12-2 to uphold the earlier ruling and the disqualification.
The vote meant Bluffton, which lost to Goose Creek on Friday, would be back in the playoffs.
Bluffton will play at Northwestern on Friday night.