Posted: 5:12 pm Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Treasure Coast star Keelin Smith suspended for three games by FHSAA 

By Jeff Greer

Treasure Coast’s Florida State-bound defensive back Keelin Smith (6-3, 185, No. 7 on the Big Board) has been suspended for three games by the FHSAA for throwing punches in his team’s 20-7 win over Jupiter.

The TCPalm first reported the suspension.

Smith’s suspension ends on Nov. 26, meaning he will miss Treasure Coast’s Class 6A regional quarterfinal game against Atlantic. If Treasure Coast wins, Smith would miss the following game as well.

The official’s report to the FHSAA detailed the incident:

At 10:13 in the third quarter, Jupiter punted to Treasure Coast, and as the play was blown dead, Smith was engaged with two players from Jupiter blocking. Both teams’ players were very aggressive, and as they separated, Smith was observed lunging at a Jupiter player and hit him in the face area with an open hand upward thrust. He then stepped back and again threw what appeared to be a punch at the same player.

Smith was ejected. The official also reported that he warned both teams’ coaches before the fourth quarter, adding that he threatened to “terminate the game early.”

“Keelin is just not that type of player,” Treasure Coast Athletics Director Dan Comeau told the TCPalm. “It was very out of character for him. It’s an unfortunate situation, but that’s football. Emotions flare and you have to keep the composure, but that’s the life lessons we try to teach through sports.”