LYNN HAVEN, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Mosley football team finished 6-3, 2-1 in district play, and beat the team that eventually was named 5A-1 champ. And yet somehow the F-H-S-A-A's crazy, nearly impossible to understand points system left the Dolphins off the list of 5A state playoff teams!
Before the hurricane, Mosley sat atop the 5A-1 standings with a big win over West Florida.
Ten days after the storm, coach Brown chose to put his team on the field, host a game at Tommy Oliver despite players lost, almost no practice, so much stacked against them. They lost that game by a point, then lost last Friday to Leon.
So at 2-1 in district Mosley tied with Pensacola and West Florida, but no three way tiebreaker. Based on points, they give West Florida the district title, at 6-3 Mosley is left out, teams from Tally and Jacksonville filling out the rest of the 8 teams playoff bound from this region.
Coach Brown's reaction Monday?
"Shocked, devastated, heartbroken for the kids, just can't hardly wrap my mind around it. It's not about me, it's like I told the kids this morning, especially our seniors, I said guys I feel like I've got a few more years of coaching left in me, you know what I mean. But what those guys don't have is another opportunity to play a game, and it's unfortunate because it wasn't in their control. It's shocking and it's overwhelming, it's hard to put into words, it really is."
Brown says they would have preferred a three way tiebreaker to determine the district champ, and he and Mosley A.D. Josh Vandergrift called and made that plea to the FHSAA, but that and other ideas were flatly rejected!
"One of the suggestions I made is that everybody in 5A Region 1 have their points froze prior to the hurricane." Brown says "And if they had froze everybody's points, just in our region, we would have been sitting just around 40 points and probably have been the 6th seed. And then it would have been a level playing field because it would have been everybody's games counting prior to the hurricane."
Coach Brown says he is dealing with all this not just as a head coach, but as a father as well, as his son is among the Mosley players left out in the cold. He says he feels mostly for his seniors, who put so much into this program, and were in the midst of such a good season when the storm hit and turned everything upside down for them.