Trenton football sanctioned for recruiting violation

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By Sean Arnold

The Trenton football program will have to compete in a higher classification the next two years after the school was sanctioned for a self-reported violation of Florida High School Athletic Association recruiting policy.

According to a letter sent Feb. 1 from the FHSAA to Trenton Middle/High School principal Cheri Langford, obtained from the FHSAA by the Chiefland Citizen, a text message from “a representative of Trenton’s athletic interest” was sent to a student-athlete at Williston Middle High School, violating a FHSAA bylaw (6.3) stating that the “recruitment or attempted recruitment of students for athletic purposes is an act of unsportsmanlike conduct and is expressly forbidden.”

While the letter doesn’t specify the status of the involved representative from Trenton, it demands that “the student-athlete must write a letter of apology to (Williston football coach Justin Wentworth),” suggesting it was a student-athlete who violated the policy.

The letter doesn’t say when the violation occurred.

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