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Tue. September 18, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

In Largo's ongoing efforts to get standout linebacker Harry Brown's six-week suspension reduced, it has an ally in the team it knocked from atop the county standings last week.

According to Countryside coach Jared Davis, offensive lineman Zach Rosinski wrote a letter to Largo coach Rick Rodriguez saying he did not see Brown, who was ejected with five minutes remaining in Largo's 28-7 victory Friday, throw any punches.

"Zach did not recall a punch being thrown his way,'' Davis said.

What Rosinski did recall was being pushed from behind and landing on Brown at the end of a play. Rosinski worked to get to his feet, with Brown trying to push the 6-2, 260-pounder off. Brown was clearly displeased and a group of players from both teams had to be quickly separated. 

"Harry felt (Rosinski) was using him to get up,'' Davis said.

The Cougar coach said Rosinski wrote the letter because, like Brown, he is a senior and trying to get noticed by colleges and knows how big a blow losing six weeks of the season would be, and "he told me if the role is ever reversed, he hopes somebody would do the same for me.''

The letter was "our small part" in doing the right thing, Davis said.

Largo also has a copy of the Bright House Networks broadcast of the game, which has the best shot of the skirmish. According to the coaches, there was no punch thrown. The letter helps bolster their argument that Brown was unfairly accused of throwing any punches.

Brown will still miss Friday's game against Osceola — an ejection means an automatic one-game suspension —  but the Packers hope Brown's penalty is reduced in time for the following week's game against East Lake.

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