Did The MIAA Make The Wrong Call? Boston Cathedral High School Football

By NoontimeSports.com 

The MIAA High School Super Bowls were this past weekend in Massachusetts, and one of the games that continues to be a topic of discussion amongst fans and media members this week is the Division IV-A championship between Blue Hills Regional Technical High School and Boston Cathedral.

In the fourth quarter, Panthers senior quarterback Matthew Owens bursted through the line of defenders, and raced down the sidelines toward the end zone. However, upon reaching the 24-yard line of Blue Hills, he raised his left pointer finger for two strides, which resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct for Boston Cathedral. The Panthers ended up losing the game, and the Super Bowl due to an excessive celebration penalty.

So, we want to know from you — did the MIAA referee make the right decision? Here’s the video, enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Did The MIAA Make The Wrong Call? Boston Cathedral High School Football”

  1. The rule is also enforced in major college football this season. Recall the LSU Florida game earlier this year in which LSU punter Brad Wing ran a fake punt in for a touchdown. Before reaching the end zone, however, Wing spread his arms out for no longer than a stride and a half as if to ask the defense “why can’t you tackle me?” A minor gesture, but one that cost LSU 15 yards and Wing the touchdown.
    This rule is known now, and it should be on the coaches to instruct their players about it. You can disagree with the rule all you want, but the referees made the right call on the field, adhering to the rulebook.

  2. There are “rules” and “intent of rules”. My guess is that the MIAA does not was anyone put-down, taunted or demined by another’s actions. They also do not want players flaunting or trying to call undo attention to themselves. However, celebratory happiness should be allowed and accepted. It is a human reaction to celebrate. If the automatic raising of one’s arms in celebration is to nullify a score in MA high school sports, then very few goals will count during this up coming hockey season.

  3. I nominate all the MIAA officials for the Jerry Sandusky award for overbearing arrogance and unquestionable stupidity.

  4. I don’t enjoy participating under these oppressive, politically correct, over managed games. Next will be employers will not be able to show a frown of disapproval when an employee does something wrong.

  5. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this theme, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not bold enough to speak on such matters. To the next. Cheers

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