Parkway High’s appeal of sanctions that include forfeiting five football games because of an ineligible player was turned down the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee Wednesday afternoon.
The appeal was held in closed session and the vote on it also was not made public. Afterwards, Parkway football coach David Feaster expressed his disappointment going into Friday’s regular-season finale with Airline High.
“So they voted us down,” Feaster said. “They voted to uphold the decision of the commissioner and the forfeits of the games. We’re amazed and we’re disappointed.”
Parkway, last year’s 5A runner-up, sees it record go from 7-2 to 2-7. Because PHS if forfeiting more than a one-third of its games, the team would not be eligible for the playoffs even its power ranking put the school in the qualifying range based on LHSAA rules.
Feaster declined comment on whether an injunction or other legal action would be taken, saying it is “above my pay grade.”