By JOHN SCHWARB
© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 12, 2001
Tarpon Springs ended up on the winning end of the scoreboard last week against Pinellas Park, but it suffered two tremendous losses.
Roshawn Marshall and Trevor McGarvey will miss Friday's district opener against Dixie Hollins, both from incidents that happened after whistles.
Tarpon coach Don Davis said Marshall, Tarpon's star kick returner/receiver/defensive back, was cut down by Patriots defensive back Charles Hinton after a play. McGarvey, a lineman, was ejected after referees said he threw a punch following a pileup.
McGarvey, per Florida High School Activities Association rules, must sit out one game. Marshall suffered a knee injury that Davis said might keep him out for up to five weeks.
"The feeling that you have in a ballgame like this, you should feel some type of accomplishment for having won," Davis said. "I felt worse than if we had lost the game."
Davis was incensed at what he perceived as dirty play by the Patriots in the second half of a 28-3 game. The Patriots were noticeably vocal on defense while holding the Spongers scoreless in the second half, and Davis said they were physically abusive as well.
"If you could sit here in my office and see the tape ... that's not football," Davis said.
Davis said there was no evidence of Hinton's hit on Marshall, which happened away from the action. But he said Tarpon parents manning the chains on Pinellas Park's sidelines saw the hit.
"(Marshall) has a future," Davis said. "These kids were headhunting."
Pinellas Park coach James Adams said he did not see the incident and that Hinton would not have done anything illegal. He also said he saw McGarvey throw a punch. Davis said it was a shove that deserved no more than an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
"I thought it was pretty even," Adams said of the second-half unpleasantries. "Charles is a good player. I don't see him being any dirtier than anybody else.
"No matter who you talk to, someone's going to have their side of the story."