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Oklahoma judge to settle high school football dispute

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 (KFOR--OKLAHOMA CITY) A judge is still deciding how to proceed in the case of an Oklahoma City high school football game that ended in controversy.

In the 3A quarterfinal game against Locust Grove, a Douglass touchdown was negated by officials after they called a sideline penalty on a coach with 64 seconds left to play.

However, the penalty should have been enforced on the next play following the touchdown.

The error gave Locust Grove a one-point victory over Douglass, 20-19, and a spot in the state semifinals.

Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association officials have admitted the referees made a mistake and the touchdown should have counted.

OSSAA apologized after the game, stating that the crew has been reprimanded and removed from further OSSAA playoff games.

The Oklahoma City Public School District then asked the OSSAA to allow Douglass and Locust Grove to replay those critical 64 seconds.

That original request was denied but a district court stepped in.

School officials filed an injunction and a district court judge granted a restraining order and a full hearing on how to proceed.

That ruling put a halt on the 3A playoff series.

Douglass High School was then put on probation after a fan allegedly punched an official at the 3A quarterfinal game.

A police report was filed in the case and the fan was banned from all Oklahoma City Public School events.

If the team remained on probation, Douglass' season would be over.

The legal battle picked back up when the OSSAA voted to remove the school from probation to a warning status.

Board members say Douglass was taken off probation because the fan who allegedly punched a game official was not a student.

On Wednesday afternoon, the case went before a judge.  That judge could make a decision today.

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