Controversial Call Robs High School Of Super Bowl [VIDEO]
Boston's Cathedral High School was hosed on a horrific call that ended up costing them the Division 4A Super Bowl.
Boston's Cathedral High School had a great chance to win a Division 4A Super Bowl against rival Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Well, they had a great chance to win until the referees robbed them of a touchdown. Quarterback Matthew Owens rushed for a 56-yard touchdown in the final minutes. However, the touchdown was wiped out due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebrating.
Owens simply raised his hand in the air while running toward the end zone. That's it. That's all he did. Cathedral was unable to score following the penalty and ended up losing the game 16-14.
Here's the deal. I can understand rules that are put in place to penalize egregious forms of celebrating and taunting. Whether it's the NFL, college football, or the high school level, I can understand penalties for ridiculous forms of celebration. This doesn't qualify.
The best way I can explain this situation is to look at the end result from multiple perspectives. If I'm the player, Matthew Owens, I feel like I got robbed. If I'm a teammate of Matthew Owens, I feel like I got robbed. If I'm an opposing player or coach, I feel like we benefitted greatly from a cheap call. If I'm the official who made the call, I feel like I overreacted and made the wrong call. In my opinion, every perspective points to this call being awful.
Football is an emotional game. Expecting the players who play an emotional game to not be emotional is absurd.
Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.