Posted: 10:24 pm Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
As expected, the Florida High School Athletic Association suspended three local players following their ejections from Friday’s games.
Atlantic offensive lineman Hugo Stubbs, who was thrown out for what the official described as throwing “several punches at a downed runner,” is suspended for two games. Dwyer’s Layton Hanes and Glades Central’s Clive Walford, who were ejected after shoving each other, were given one-game suspensions.
Atlantic coach Andre Thaddies reviewed film of Stubbs’ incident and said he could not tell whether Stubbs tried to punch a Pahokee player before his ejection early in the first quarter. Stubbs was on offense at the time (so the report is incorrect in labeling the Pahokee player as a “downed runner) and Thaddies believes the altercation was with Blue Devils cornerback Merrill Noel.
Thaddies said he accepted the official’s report and did not object to the two-game suspension, but he was frustrated that the FHSAA did not watch available video of the incident.
“If (the official) said he saw exchanging punches, I’m not going to deny what he saw, but I didn’t see the other player (get ejected),” Thaddies said.
“The process has to be corrected some way. It has to be video. I don’t think somebody sitting up in Gainesville can make a determination on someone throwing punches. I don’t get that part.
“I don’t have a problem with the suspension. I would just like to see the process revamped.”
FHSAA needs to start utilizing video evidence? Has that ever been an issue in the past?
Haynes and Walford were ejected late in the fourth quarter of Glades Central’s 21-7 win at Dwyer. The Panthers play Palm Beach Gardens this week, while the Raiders host Palm Beach Central.
Atlantic lost 13-6 at Pahokee on Friday. Stubbs will miss the Eagles’ upcoming home games against Jupiter and Boynton Beach.
Suspended players are permitted to practice if the school allows it.