DES MOINES, Iowa -- The football field at East High School was dark Friday night. The Ames School District decided not to allow players to play at East after rumors about possible violence.
"The police have informed us there's no reason not to have a football game tonight," says Des Moines School District spokesman Phil Roeder. "But people in Ames and Boone seem to think they know more about what's going on in Des Moines than we do. It's just wrong."
East High football player Quincy Green is upset about the decision. "Yeah, I wanted to play tonight. I mean, it's 100 percent safe here. Cops always come to our games and watch and it's always safe," Green says.
Ames Superintendent Tim Taylor was not available for an on-camera comment, but says he made the decision after he heard about the threats at East. He says his district offered alternatives, but Des Moines was not willing to meet those terms, so the Iowa High School Athletic Association ruled East will forfeit.
"The athletic association was essentially forcing our hand. They gave us three choices, we could either play a game tonight in Ames, originally scheduled for East, we could play at East on Saturday but under the stipulation it had to be in the day light, even though East has plenty of light, or we forfeit," Roeder said.
So East is taking the forfeit. "Sometimes you gotta draw a line in the sand when something's wrong and we felt that the way we're being treated by both Ames and, worse by the Athletic Association, was simply wrong," Roeder said.
Green says, right or wrong, it hurts. "We practiced hard this whole week," he said, "It's not even our fault either. It's not even us."