This should be cut and dried: break the rules, you lose. But the OSSAA may have muddied the waters in 2011 when, after initially issuing a ruling that would have kept Guthrie's football team out of the playoffs because of a violation, its board reversed course and instead suspended only the coach.
Wright City is asking that its kids not be made to pay for the coach's mistake. Given the precedent, this argument holds a little more water than coach Kyle Butler's contention that the two scrimmages his team played between rounds of the playoffs wouldn't benefit the Lumberjax at state. If not, then why play them?
Wright City's players are in a tough spot. But so too are the players for the remaining Class A state tournament teams, whose coaches did follow the rules. Nothing about this is fair to them.