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Davis County Loss Turns to Win After Keokuk Forfeit

By Jason Van Arkel, August 30, 2018

It’s not the way Davis County wanted it to happen, but six days after losing its season opener, the Mustang football team found out Thursday evening that they’ve opened the season at 1-0.

Davis County’s 21-7 loss at Keokuk last Friday night has become a 2-0 victory, after the Iowa High School Athletic Association ruled that the Chiefs had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player. According to a press release from Keokuk High School, an unnamed starter for the Chiefs failed a class last spring. Under IHSAA rules, players with failing grades the previous semester must sit out the first 30 days, which equals the first four weeks of football season.

Keokuk officials say the student, who transferred into the district in the spring had not previously played high school sports. Therefore, he was not on the end-of-semester list of student-athletes who had failing grades and were subject to suspension. The new Keokuk coaching staff had convinced the student over the summer to try out for football, and didn’t discover his failing grade until the Monday after the Davis County game.

For the Mustangs, their stats still count towards season totals, including Garl Norman’s rushing touchdown and Riley Heller’s 11.5 tackles. Davis County is now off to a 1-0 start for the second time in three seasons, and will carry that record into Friday night’s Pennant Game at 1-0 Centerville. The two longtime rivals are scheduled to kick off at 7:00 Friday at Paul Johnson Field.

Fans can hear the Davis County broadcast on 104.3 KRKN, and the Centerville broadcast–in conjunction with The Pitch–on 97.7 Tom FM.