PCM win over Pella Christian ruled forfeit
A Sept. 7 game involving Prairie City-Monroe and Pella Christian that PCM won 40-3 has been ruled a forfeiture by the IAHSAA. According to PCM coach Greg Bonnett, PCM played a player in the fourth quarter who had not yet received eligibile status following his move from Pella earlier in the year. PCM self-reported the violation, and the IAHSAA ruled the game should be a forfeit.
“I think the IAHSAA contradict themselves a lot,” Bonnett said. “They said that the move was not considered legitamate, and when you look at the rule, there’s one part that says he can play and another that doesn’t. So, I think it was completely ridiculous to make us forfeit that game.”
Pella Christian coach Rich Kacmarynski was thankful PCM reported the violation,
“PCM self reported the violation, which shows the integrity they have,” he said. “PCM is a great school and has a great football program. It was an unknowing violation with an ineligible player, and unfortunately, things like this happen,”
“We appreciate the honorable way PCM handled the situation. We’ve enjoyed playing them over the years and look forward to continue to play PCM,” he added.
The IAHSAA could not be reached for comment.