(CBS) – With just four days to go before the state high school football championship, a west suburban team is looking for a Hail Mary reception.
Fenwick High School in Oak Park is hoping a judge will put them back in the game, after a refereee’s bad call led to their loss against Plainfield North last Saturday.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
Plainfield North won in overtime last week after tying the game on the final play of regulation — an untimed down it shouldn’t have had. The Illinois High School Association admits the call was wrong, but the rules don’t allow the association to overturn the win. So, Fenwick is asking the courts to do it.
Fenwick has asked a court to intervene. A judge could reject the order, thus allowing Plainfield North to play Saturday in the 7A state championship.
The judge could also issue an outright injunction, meaning Fenwick plays in the title game, or the court official could issue a temporary injunction and delay the game until the matter is settled.
“It’s a terrible situation that we’re all in right now,” Fenwick Principal Peter Groom says.
Parents of Fenwick football players, like Tim Brown, would like to avoid a judge’s decision and see Plainfield North bow out.
“Saying, the clock was over and we’re going to default to Fenwick because they won,” he says.
Plainfield North indicates it will not back out.
A spokesperson said: “We will wait to see what the court says tomorrow.”