Largo’s Harry Brown has been suspended six games by the Florida High School Athletic Association for an altercation that happened late in last week’s game against Countryside.
The FHSAA’s Justin Harrison, who oversees unsportsmanlike conduct of athletes and coaches, said the report filed by game officials indicated Brown was ejected for throwing a punch in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ victory. The incident is considered a Level 2 infraction by the FHSAA, which carries up to a six-game suspension.
Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said he plans to appeal and is trying to get with officials to review game tape.
"Harry is a great kid," Rodriguez said. "He's a 4.0 student and has never had a referral. I don't think Harry would ever throw a punch. I've looked at the tape over and over and I can't see a punch. We're fighting this because this a whole season for a kid who's never been in trouble and who loves football."
Brown is a defensive stalwart for the Packers and his performance was big in helping Largo end Countryside’s 27-game regular-season win streak. Brown had two sacks and numerous other tackles in the backfield.
Largo plays at district foe Osceola this week.