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Martinsburg Quarterback Allowed to Play After Eligibility in Question

On Friday, Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes ruled that for now, Malique Watkins can continue to play after his eligibility was questioned after switching county school systems between two states over a period of five years.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Friday marked a hearing that people around the state of West Virginia were dialed into, and the outcome could have a big impact on the West Virginia football playoffs. 

The Berkeley County Judicial Center is about half a mile from Martinsburg High School, and some could argue that the biggest win for the Bulldogs on Friday came not at Cobourn Field, but in a court room. 

On Friday, Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes ruled that for now, Malique Watkins can continue to play after his eligibility was questioned after switching county school systems between two states over a period of five years. According to Martinsburg's Athletic Director Greg Reed, Watkins will be able to play in Friday night's game against Washington. 

Judge Wilkes stressed that Friday's hearing was not about the facts, but about focusing on the WVSSAC rule in question. 

Now neither team was willing to go on camera to talk about Friday's ruling, but Watkins' Attorney Christopher Jannelle told WHAG that Watkins is ready to play football, and that he looks forward to watching him on the field. 

The hearing tonight was not a hearing to determine Watkins' eligibility, but just about the rule itself. But for now, Martinsburg feels confident enough to take that risk. 

Watkins and the Bulldogs will be back on the field at 7 p.m. against the Washington Patriots. 


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