The OHSAA football playoffs may begin tonight, but the first battle has already been won on the courts, where Mayfield High School successfully challenged an injunction made one day previously by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Judge McMondagle rescinded his own ruling, putting Mayfield back in the Division 1 playoffs in place of Cleveland Heights, who just hours earlier thought they were heading to the post-season.
The ruling also affects the Division IV pairings as well, as it kicks out Beachwood High School and instead sends Ashtabula Edgewood to play at the 1-seed Brookfield tonight at Girard High School. 923TheFan has learned that Cleveland Heights does not intend to fight the latest ruling. The timing is such that it would be difficult for Beachwood to press on further in the courts, considering the buses would need to depart this afternoon to make the trip to Youngstown.
The OHSAA in a release said the ordeal is finally over.
Mayfield will now play the one-seed St. Eds at Byers Field on Saturday at 1 instead of the night game at Lakewood High School because of a lighting failure.