The Louisiana High School Athletic Association hit Parkway High with a football-related penalty ruling for the second time in 10 days. The second ruling also ends the Panthers’ season based on two key factors.
The ruling lists LHSAA bylaw 5.11.2, which states that a school is ineligible for championship honors if an ineligible student is intentionally allowed to participate.
Parkway was last year’s Class 5A runner-up and had a 7-2 record this season along with a No. 6 power rating. But Parkway was ordered to forfeit five games last week because of a another violation. The Panthers played Airline on Friday night to close out their regular season.
LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic-Morgan City said the Bossier Parish School Board was informed of the second ruling at its Thursday night meeting and opted to take no legal action against the LHSAA to get Parkway reinstated into the Class 5A playoffs.
The school board was considering legal action against the LHSAA after the executive committee denied Parkway’s appeal of sanctions for playing a student an investigation found to be ineligible based on residency and transfer rules. Players’ parents could still take legal action if they choose to.
That’s when Parkway was ordered to forfeit five games. The first ruling also made the PHS ineligible for the playoffs because the school was forfeiting more than one-third of its games. Parkway coach David Feaster was among those who disputed the committee ruling made in closed session Wednesday at the LHSAA office.
“To know that we have actions like this going on within the association disturbs me,” Bonnaffee said. “My wish is that we can get to the point where not only does everyone get along, but we also follow the rules as they are intended.
“I also have to say that I’m pleased with (LHSAA Interim Executive Director) Jimmy Anderson and how he’s handled the situations that have come up within the last two weeks. It’s unfortunate that he had to be called on to make rulings like this.”
The latest ruling, released by the LHSAA office to the media Friday afternoon, states that the second violation was self-reported by the school and involved a scholastically ineligible player who was intentionally allowed to play in Parkway’s spring game.
Parkway was fined $700 for the spring-game violation and was ordered to forfeit its spring game to Alexandria Senior High, even though spring games are not considered for record purposes.
The school and Feaster have both been placed on restrictive probation for one calendar year.