When Steinbrenner takes the field Friday for one of the biggest games in school history, the Warriors won't have their head coach to lead them.
The Florida High School Athletic Association has suspended Warriors football coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo for one game following his ejection from last week’s win over Freedom, the FHSAA said Monday evening.
Perez-Reinaldo was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct during the final 2:01 of his team’s 17-15 victory, according to the officials’ report provided to the Times by the FHSAA.
The coach ran onto the field, past the numbers to dispute one call. Nine seconds later, referees gave him a second penalty for “disrespectfully addressing a game official" and ejected him, according to the report.
The level-one unsportsmanlike conduct ruling carries a one-game suspension.
The Warriors (3-5, 2-2) travel to Gaither (4-4, 3-1) on Friday in a crucial Class 7A, District 7 matchup. If Steinbrenner wins and Sickles beats Tampa Bay Tech, the Warriors, TBT and Gaither will be in a three-way tiebreaker for the No. 2 position in the district, keeping Steinbrenner’s hopes alive for its first playoff appearance in program history.
Perez-Reinaldo must complete a six-hour online course before he is eligible to return. The FHSAA also fined Steinbrenner $100, according to a letter from the FHSAA to the school. The school can appeal the association’s rulings.
Perez-Reinaldo, who is in his second season as head coach, did not return a phone message left Monday evening.