October 22, 2021

Association taking no further action about slur

The Iowa High School Athletic Association on Wednesday said they will not pursue any further investigation of an alleged racial slur said during the Earlham-Southwest Valley football game last month.

The Earlham quarterback claimed he was targeted by a racial slur and fans later clashed after the game.

During a play in the Oct. 1 game, Earlham’s Darrell Matchem, who is Black, was eventually tackled along the sideline of visiting Southwest Valley. One of the Southwest Valley players allegedly yelled “stay down” and then used a racial slur, according to Matchem.

Video from the game shows Matchem, not anyone from Southwest Valley , was flagged and ultimately suspended right after the play. Matchem admitted to causing the penalty but he said he was expressing his situation to a referee the racial slur was not noticed.

Both schools submitted information to the IHSAA, but they will be taking no further action at this time.

Southwest Valley’s superintendent said in a statement that the district held multiple interviews and did not discover any more evidence to report.

Although the IHSAA did not release any findings, they say they “have not received any information indicating the accusation was false.”

Earlham’s interim superintendent says they’re going to work with state leaders on strategies to better address diversity, equity and inclusion.