A ruggedly battled football game between Marco Island Academy and First Baptist Academy resulted in a player from each team being suspended by the Florida High School Athletic Association for two games and the Marco Island coach Greg Fowler for one.
All three were ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The suspensions were due to actions that took place in the first half of the game on October 2nd. FBA led 42-0 at half, eventually winning 42-16.
Billy Sporacio, football coach and FBA athletic director, said the suspension of Aristizbal Spencer for two games is being appealed to the Florida High School Athletic Association which determined the punishment.
The suspensions occurred under what Sporacio called “difficult circumstances.”
MIA’s Marcus Seidman also was suspended for two games. The ejections followed face mask penalties on both players that led to punches being thrown, according to the FHSA report.
The school was fined $100 for Fowler’s ejection.
Kelly Monnot, MIA athletic director said, “As referenced in the reports, we are fully aware of the situation and complying with the FHSAA sanctions.”
Andy Delgado, former head football coach, will be the interim coach. The team has a bye on October 10.
MIA, 1-2 in district play, hosts Southwest Florida Christian Academy, with a 7:30 PM starting time on October 17. It also will be the school’s homecoming weekend.
The FHSA report indicated that “both players threw punches, with the FBA player throwing the first punch.”
It further said, in writing to the school, “Spirited competition is best demonstrated when each participant acts with responsibility and respect for his/her teammates, opponents and contest officials. You are urged to remind everyone in your school that the promotion of sportsmanship is a core purpose of this Association.”
Fowler’s suspension came as a result of his questioning calls by referees during the contest.
The FHSA said, “Coaches and other representatives of the school’s athletic interests have a responsibility to teach good sportsmanship by example. Under no circumstances shall a coach or representative of the school’s athletic interests attempt to publicly criticize, berate, or intimidate an official during or following a contest. Professional ethics require use of proper channels to report complaints about officials rather than airing them publicly (reference Bylaw 10.3, Article 10.3.2 and Policy 30.4 for this school year).”
MIA’s Miles Carlisle was injured in the first half and carried off the field with a knee injury.
Sitting disconsolate on the bench Carlisle bemoaned, “this is my senior year.”
He will have an MRI on October 12. Fowler is not sure if Carlisle will resume playing.