Freedom defensive back Nate Godwin faces a three-week suspension by the Florida High School Athletic Association for his hit on a receiver in Friday’s game against Alonso.
Godwin, a senior, was ejected in the second quarter of the Patriots’ 35-6 loss to Alonso for an “unnecessary, rough, and flagrant” tackle, according to the officials’ report from the game.
The officials said Godwin came in late and hit the receiver “high and hard.” The incident was considered a Level 2 infraction, which carries up to a six-game suspension.
Godwin would not be eligible to return until Freedom’s Oct. 26 game against district front-runner Tampa Bay Tech.
The Patriots (2-3) face district foe Chamberlain on Friday. If Godwin’s suspension is upheld, he would also miss games against Wharton on Oct. 12 and district rival Gaither on Oct. 19.
Freedom coach Todd Donohoe didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
On his Twitter account Monday afternoon, Godwin said: “Missin (Chamberlain), Wharton, and my homecoming game (Gaither) Senior year ruined. …Praying to god that this appeal goes through. Trying to get suspension reduced.”
Godwin, ranked No. 40 on the Times’ HomeTeam 100, has 22 tackles and an interception this year. He has received an offer from USF, West Virginia and Arkansas State, among others.