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SPC expels senior QB Pancoast

Aaron Pancoast, who last season led St. Petersburg Catholic to its first district football championship in more than a decade, has been expelled for multiple suspensions, SPC athletic director Al McRoberts said Thursday.

Under Florida High School Activities Association bylaws, the senior's playing career will end as a result.

Pancoast was expelled Wednesday after receiving a suspension for fighting on school grounds earlier in the week. According to McRoberts, Pancoast was suspended during his sophomore year for showing disrespect to a teacher.

SPC policy dictates that any student who receives two suspensions is expelled, McRoberts said.

"We (administrators) had a very hard meeting here (Wednesday) morning, and Aaron has been expelled," McRoberts said Thursday. "He had an altercation with another kid after school in a parking lot, and that is an automatic suspension. Unfortunately for Aaron, that one is one too many."

Pancoast, a quarterback and defensive back, in 1991 guided the Barons through their finest season in 14 years, passing for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for 700 yards and seven scores. The team won the Class A, District 6 title and finished 6-5 overall.

This season, Pancoast led SPC (1-3) with 231 yards and four TDs rushing and 315 yards and another score through the air. He amassed those totals despite being suspended for one game after being ejected from the previous game for a late hit.

"I'm upset for Aaron," SPC coach Todd St. Louis said, "because this is going to be so hard on him. If he was a junior, there would always be next year. As a senior, this really hurts."

Pancoast could not be reached for comment. St. Louis said Pancoast is considering enrolling in another Pinellas private school or a school in Hernando County, where he has relatives. The FHSAA bylaw governing eligibility and transfers would prohibit him playing at another school this season.