"All I can say is that I received some information last week. I felt we did a pretty good job investigating it originally but I received some more detailed information that allowed me to go ahead and confidently make this decision," Ray said.
The executive director hinted that the process could have been handled quicker and more easily had he been supplied with the information in question from the outset.
"We have to rely on the schools and the information they provide us," he said. "We're not trained investigators, so we have to go with what the schools give us."
Watkins has emerged as the focal point in Martinsburg's quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Class AAA state championship for more than his legal issues. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior ranks fourth among Class AAA rushers with 982 yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries, and has only appeared in six of Martinsburg's eight games. The team held him out of the season opener against H.D. Woodson (D.C.) and against Spring Mills on Oct. 11.
He has completed 36-of-61 passes for 467 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. The Bulldogs (7-1) are ranked second in the latest Daily Mail Class AAA poll and expect to be ranked No. 3 in this week's SSAC Class AAA playoff ratings.
They play host to Jefferson (4-3) on Friday night.
Ray expressed relief that the case had run its course and found resolution.
"I'll never say it's all over until it's all over, but we like to focus on the positive as much as possible," he said. "We want everybody to be able to enjoy the season."
The high school football playoffs begin Nov. 15.
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