Harper Woods’ season took a big hit on Friday night when River Rouge came away with a dominating 35-7 win to take command in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference Blue Division.
Harper Woods, which suffered an 86-0 loss to River Rouge a year ago, was supposed to give River Rouge (5-1) a battle this time around with former East English head coach Rod Oden leading the program, but it didn’t happen.
Harper Woods (4-2) was without its talented quarterback, Corey Graham, who transferred from Oak Park, where he split time last season with Ohio State-bound quarterback Dwan Mathis, who has led Oak Park to the No. 2 spot in The Detroit News Super 20 rankings this season.
The MHSAA is looking into Graham's transfer.
“There are two students who transferred in that we didn’t have their original paperwork on and we are taking these two students who transferred in to try and see if they meet current immediate eligibility status, so their paperwork is under review,” said MHSAA assistant director Nate Hampton, commenting on Graham’s case.
Hampton would not identify the other player.
“It was two students that were not in with the original list of students that changed schools so we’re doing everything we possibly can to make sure that these two students are in fact eligible,” Hampton said.
Harper Woods is scheduled to play Detroit University Prep this Friday. Hampton said he could not speculate about what will happen next.
Graham could be reinstated, or Harper Woods could be forced to forfeit every victory in which Graham played.
“I have no idea; we’re just trying to piece all of this information together,” said Hampton.
Oden did not immediately return phone messages left by The Detroit News.