Fight leads to suspension


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Five defensive starters on the Gainesville High School football team have been suspended by the FHSAA for their involvement in a post-game fight with Green Cove Springs Clay players last Thursday at Citizens Field, The Sun has learned.
The suspensions - four of which are for three games, one for six - are under appeal, and a hearing will take place Friday at the FHSAA headquarters in Gainesville, the day after GHS (1-0) visits Tallahassee Godby (0-1).
With less than three seconds remaining in the Hurricanes' 35-27 season-opening victory, a verbal exchange between a Clay player and a GHS player resulted in the benches being cleared for a fight that lasted 35 seconds, according to an eye-witness account.
Clay also had five players suspended. GHS athletic director Cindy Boulware declined to comment on the situation until after the appeal is heard.
You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com.
Gainesville (1-0) at Tallahassee Godby (0-1)
  • WHEN: 7:30 tonight.
  • PLAYERS TO WATCH: Gainesville- Jr. RB Chris Batie, Jr. QB Luke Smierciak, Sr. RT Onuche Oyibo, Sr. RB Ricky Barr, Sr. TE/DE/LB Devin Billings, Jr. DE Oliver Aaron. Godby- Sr. WR/DB DeAndre McDaniel, Sr. WR/DB Reggie Litman, Sr. FB/LB Rod Murray, Sr. QB Emanuel Francis.
  • ANALYSIS: The Hurricanes will enter this one shorthanded on defense, where five starters have been suspended by the FHSAA for their parts in a post-game brawl in last week's 35-27 victory against visiting Clay. That said, the GHS offense appeared to be in midseason form in Game One. The Hurricanes will face a talented Godby, but not incredibly deep, team led by Clemson commitment DeAndre McDaniel. The Cougars were beaten 18-13 at Lynn Haven Mosley last week.
    -John Patton
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