Class 3A playoffs back on

The Arkansas Activities Association announced Monday it will lift the state football playoff suspension for Class 3A and the playoffs will begin Friday, with all games starting at 7:30 p.m.

In accordance with court orders from Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Gordon McCain, who serves Franklin, Johnson and Pope Counties, the AAA has reinstated Lamar High School as the second-place team from the 4-3A. The AAA had ruled that Lamar used an ineligible player and had to forfeit five conference wins, which knocout of the playoffs.

Last week McCain ruled in favor of Lamar. The opening round games scheduled to start last Friday, November 13, were suspended indefinitely by the AAA.

“With guidance of the AAA Board of Directors and our legal council the AAA has decided that it was in the best interest of our member schools and student-athletes to begin the Class 3A state football playoffs,” AAA executive director Lance Taylor said. “I want to thank all of our AAA member schools for their support and encouragement in this unprecedented procedure in our history.”

Unfortunately, the championship game for Class 3A cannot be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It will be played at Estes Stadium on the University of Central Arkansas campus at 7 p.m. Friday, December 18.

The Class 2A state championship game has been moved to Saturday, December 12, at noon. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, December 11.

The AAA’s legal course of action is still pending

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