To say the last year has been draining for Kevin Mensah would be an understatement.
The star running back and Worcester native transferred from Holy Name Central Catholic High School on Granite Street to Shepherd Hill Regional in Dudley in the offseason, to much fanfare and, of course, much controversy.
Holy Name initially refused to sign a transfer waiver that would grant Mensah eligibility at his new school, and even after Holy Name decided to sign the waiver, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association seemed to do everything it could to keep Kevin sidelined.
— Kevin Mensah (@OheneKM) October 9, 2016
Mensah was forced to sit out the first two games of his team’s eight-game regular season. He was then granted two temporary injunctions in state court. The MIAA appealed both of those injunctions, and the threat of Mensah once again being sidelined loomed over the senior every week as he prepared for the Rams’ next opponent.
Mensah was finally able to exhale on Oct. 28, just hours before his team was set to play Fitchburg, when a state appeals court denied the MIAA’s latest appeal of his injunction, clearing the way for him to finish the season.
That is the story most high school football fans around Central Mass. know, but many may not realize that Mensah’s departure from Holy Name and subsequent transfer to Shepherd Hill were both the results of a prep school recruitment gone awry.