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3A power Suwannee forfeits 3 games

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Live Oak-Suwannee High School, which has not lost to a fellow Class 3A football team in almost four years, is forfeiting three victories this year because a 19-year-old reserve was allowed to play. The forfeits will ruin the school's 28-game winning streak in Class 3A and could end its bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive 3A state title.

Suwannee coach Mike Pittman and Dr. Jim Tylk, the principal, confirmed Tuesday that they had turned their school in to the Florida High School Activities Association.

At 19, senior Tony Milton was ineligible under FHSAA rules. Milton played in Suwannee's first three games of the 1990 season, against Class 4A Tallahassee Lincoln, 3A Quincy Shanks, and 2A Hamilton County.

Suwannee appeared to clinch a playoff berth with its 20-3 win over Wakulla last Friday, but the forfeits will drop a 6-1 record to 3-4. The on-field loss was to Class 4A Tallahassee Leon.

Pittman accepted blame.

"It's my fault, I'm the one who's supposed to check it. I feel sorry for the kids, for my students, for my fans, for Suwannee High. I've been sick over this thing."

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