(The Daily Advertiser) – Acadiana High principal David LeJeune knew it was possible, but he was obviously hoping the ruling would come down with a different result.
The email from LHSAA commissioner Eddie Bonine came Monday afternoon, though, that the Wreckin’ Rams’ football team was being forced to forfeit its 35-38 road win over Sulphur.
The reason for the forfeit was the participation of freshman running back Dillon Monette, who rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in that win back on Sept. 30. Monette went to Carencro Middle, but lives in the Scott Middle zone, explained LeJeune.
Because the rule shifted back to attendance zones in August, Monette was initially ineligible.
LeJeune said Acadiana High self-reported playing Monette the Monday after the Sulphur game to the LHSAA upon learning over the weekend that Monette was ineligible.
However, in a unique twist, however, a LHSAA hardship ruling this past Wednesday ruled Monette eligible for the rest of the season “based on the fact that he was coming from a school of choice feeder program,”
The Rams’ record is now officially 4-3 overall and 3-1 in District 3-5A play. Acadiana is scheduled to play at Sam Houston on Friday, before getting a bye week in week nine and then another road trip at New Iberia in week 10.
“We just move on,” LeJeune said. “The good thing is that he’s been ruled eligible for the rest of the season. We just need to keep winning and everything will take care of itself.”
Acadiana’s power rating was No. 5 going into last Friday’s 47-6 win over Lafayette High.