Largo linebacker Harry Brown had his six-week suspension overturned by the Florida High School Athletic Association, and he is cleared to play in tonight’s game against Osceola.
“I thought the FHSAA was fair and made the right call after they were able assess the situation more,” Packers coach Rick Rodriguez said.
In last week’s game against Countryside, Brown was ejected for allegedly throwing a punch. The FHSAA went by the official’s report and said it was a level 2 infraction, which carries up to a six-week suspension.
In Largo's appeal to the FHSAA, Rodriguez sent game tapes of the incident, which had three different camera angles, none of which showed a punch was thrown. Countryside lineman Zach Rosinski, who was involved in the play, also wrote a letter to the FHSAA saying no one punched him.
FHSAA officials supervisor Justin Harrison said he could not see a punch in each camera angle.
"I have the ability to slow down the film and watch it over and over," Harrison said. "The different films helped. There was no punch. It was a rough play and in one angle you can see some arm movement where it was more of a pushing action. But the officials have to view this in live speed and make a call.
"After reviewing it we knew we had to make the call to get Harry Brown back on the field."
Brown, a senior, is one of the leaders of Largo’s defense and has several colleges interested in him. A suspension of that length would have cost him most of the season.
“We’re just elated that all this is cleared up and Harry gets to play,” Rodriguez said. “He deserves that.”