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Thu., 3:30pm: UPDATE Brookfield playoff opponent might change

November 1, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

The Brookfield High School football team might have a new playoff opponent for this weekend.

According to a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court ruling this afternoon, Ashtabula Edgewood is out and Beachwood is in as Brookfield's opponent.

The decision is based on Cleveland JFK forfeiting a game against Cleveland John Adams because a player did not meet Cleveland Metropolitan School District academic eligibility standards. However, since the district's standards are more strict than Ohio High School Athletic Association standards, the Cleveland JFK victory was upheld in the OHSAA playoff standings.

Cleveland Heights High School sued because it defeated John Adams during the season and would receive second-level playoff points for a John Adams victory over Cleveland JFK. Judge Richard McMonagle agreed and ordered the OHSAA to recognize the forfeit.

That decision would allow Heights to replace Mayfield in this week's Div. I playoff game against Lakewood St. Edward.

Since Ashtabula Edgewood defeated Cleveland JFK, the court ruling would take away Edgewood's second-level points for JFK's win over John Adams. That would put Edgewood behind Beachwood in the OHSAA Div. IV playoff standings.

The OHSAA has not confirmed a playoff change. A spokesman said directors are meeting to ``figure out our options,''



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