Coach Steve Belles won’t be leading Chandler Hamilton’s third-ranked football team at home Thursday night against second-ranked Peoria Centennial after he was ejected for arguing with a referee during a freshman game on Tuesday.
Principal Ken James confirmed that Belles got ejected from the freshman game that Centennial won at Hamilton.
“He’s passionate about the whole program, not just the varsity,” James said. “Bylaws are bylaws, and, according to the bylaws, he can’t coach the next game.”
Belles did not immediately return a message after azcentral sports learned of the suspension late Thursday afternoon.
Belles was watching the freshman game on the sideline before he got into it with an official and was ejected, James said.’
“It was a good, close ballgame,” James said. “He was arguing some calls and he got ejected.”
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James said that offensive coordinator Deke Schutes will lead the 5-0 Huskies against 3-1 Centennial tonight. Lane Reynolds will call the defense. Schutes and Belles shared calling the offensive plays.
Belles won’t be in the stadium tonight, James said, and will be watching the game on television. This is the Cox7 TV game.
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This is the first game Belles will miss since he was hired to lead Hamilton in 2006.
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