Thursday, April 24, 2014
PORTLAND - Deering football coach Scott Parsons was suspended for Friday night's game against Lewiston after being ejected from last Friday's game for an inappropriate comment made to an official.
Parsons was ejected at the end of a 13-12 loss to Massabesic in Waterboro. A Maine Principals' Association rule mandates a one-game suspension and he won't coach against visiting Lewiston.
"Based on the current Maine Principals' Association ejection policy, he will serve his suspension for the upcoming game (Oct. 4)," said Deering Athletic Director Melanie Craig.
Parsons didn't return phone messages seeking comment.
On the play, the Rams threw a long pass and argued there should have been an interference penalty called with some time on the clock. Instead the pass was incomplete with no time remaining.
Asked who would coach the team on Friday, Craig said: "I don't know yet."
Craig would not comment further on the incident.
Deering lost to Massabesic, which is coached by former Deering coach Jon Gallant, to drop to 0-4 on the season. The Rams' other losses have been to Windham (28-6), Portland (45-19) and Bangor (40-13).
Parsons is in his first season as Deering's coach after being hired last spring. Before Deering, he worked as an assistant coach in college at Fordham University in New York City, Becker College in Worcester, Mass., and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.
Parsons graduated from Kennebunk High (2001) and Central Connecticut State University (2005).
Deering made the playoffs last season, but has a young team after graduating several seniors from a squad that finished 4-6 and won the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Portland.
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