The British band The Clash had a hit song entitled “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”
Now, a Friday courtroom clash will likely determine the LHSAA’s saga of “Will they Play and Who will Go.” As in who will go to the Class 3A state football championship game next week.
At 9:30 a.m., Judge William Morvant of the 19th Judicial District is scheduled to hear the Tangipahoa Parish School Board’s request for a temporary restraining order that would put Amite High back in the 3A semifinals.
The 11th-seeded Warriors (8-5) would host No. 15 St. James (10-3) at 7 p.m. Friday if Amite wins its case. Regardless of the morning outcome, an appeal to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal also is expected.
If the Amite/Tangi appeal is rejected, St. James would automatically advance to play in next week’s 3A title game against the West Feliciana-Lutcher winner.
LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine removed Amite from the playoffs after hosting a hearing about an altercation that contest officials said cleared both benches last Friday. Amite led District 7-3A rival Bogalusa 56-20 with less than two minutes remaining in the 3A quarterfinal game that was called by the officials.
The Tangipahoa Parish School Board’s appeal to the LHSAA’s executive committee was denied on Wednesday, setting the stage for the Friday morning hearing.
“The one thing our kids have been all year is resilient,” St. James coach Dwain Jenkins said. “This is a different kind of adversity, but our players and coaches have handled it.”
Jenkins said the Wildcats will likely go into a team meeting while waiting for a decision.