Countryside senior Zach Rosinski and Northeast junior Josh Bayers have been suspended by the Florida High School Athletic Association for six weeks due to a fight in Friday night’s game. Both players were ejected near the end of Countryside’s 49-0 win for throwing punches, according to the referee’s report.
The FHSAA on Monday deemed the actions of both players a Level 2 infraction, which brings up to a six-week suspension. Both teams will likely file an appeal Tuesday to get the suspensions reduced.
"We’ve watched the film and we don’t see any punches being thrown by either player,’’ Northeast coach Mike Jalazo said. "We slowed it down and everything. I don’t know why they were ejected. We’ll send the (FHSAA) the video and hope they see what we saw.’’
Earlier in the season, Rosinski was involved in another incident with Largo’s Harry Brown. Brown was originally suspended for six weeks for throwing a punch at Rosinski. But Rosinski sent a letter to the FHSAA saying Brown did not try to hit him. Brown’s suspension was overturned and he was able to return to the field without sitting any games.
If the suspensions are upheld, both players could not return until after the first week of the playoffs, if either team makes it that far.
Northeast also lost a player earlier in the year for a fight against Dixie Hollins. Sophomore WR/DB Sekendrick Biddens missed three games before returning against Tarpon Springs.