High School Football Result Heads To Court After Referees Botch Call


November 22, 2016

Here’s a football officiating kerfuffle that would even make the NFL blush.

There’s a crisis in Illinois high school football, as Fenwick High School in Oak Park is hoping a judge will overturn the result of its state semifinal game against Plainfield North after a controversial ruling at the end of their game.

Fenwick led 10-7 in the final seconds of the game. The Fenwick coach instructed his quarterback to just drop back and throw the ball downfield, killing off the final seconds of the game. The quarterback did just that, but officials flagged Fenwick for intentional grounding.

Not only did referees call intentional grounding, but they ruled there would be another play. Apparently, that final play came on fourth down, so not only did the referees rule another play, the turnover on downs gave the ball to Plainfield North. Naturally, Plainfield North kicked a game-tying field goal and won the game in overtime.

The Illinois High School Association acknowledged the referees made the incorrect call, but the IHSA also indicated the final result would stand.

As you might imagine, that didn’t sit well with Fenwick, and now their case is going to be heard in court.

According to ABC 7 in Chicago, attorneys for the school asked for an emergency order with the hopes of overturning the results. A judge will hear the case Wednesday morning but won’t have a lot of time to make a decision. Not only is Thanksgiving on Thursday, but the state final is set for Saturday afternoon.

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