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Countryside's Roberts cleared for regional final

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 03:02 AM

The Countryside High football team's leading rusher, Diomi Roberts, has been cleared to play in Friday's Class 5A region final game at Plant, FHSAA spokesman Seth Polansky said.

Roberts' season was thought to be over after he was ejected near the end of the Cougars' region semifinal victory over Tampa Bay Tech last Friday following his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which warrants an automatic ejection. The penalty was for excessive celebrating after scoring a touchdown.

"The officials got in touch with the FHSAA the day after the game and told the association that there should have not been a second excessive celebration penalty called on that player," Polansky said. "Therefore the ejection and suspension has been overturned. This player is eligible for the next game.

"It was an interesting case where the officials reviewed the game, saw they made an error, and got in touch with us to make the correction."

Roberts leads Countryside with 1,269 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He helps the Cougars average more than 230 rushing yards per game.

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