Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) squandered a 10-point lead in the final six minutes of regulation in Friday’s game against Santa Margarita (Calif.) and then appeared to lose on the first possession of overtime, but a controversial call gave the Gaels new life and they ultimately prevailed in two overtimes.
Bishop Gorman botched a field goal attempt on its first possession of overtime giving Santa Margarita a chance to win the game on its ensuing possession. On the play in question, Santa Margarita’s K.J. Costello found receiver Grant Clancy for an apparent touchdown. The official who was closest to the play signaled touchdown, but another official overruled him, saying that Clancy did not have possession when he crossed the goal line.
As Max Preps points out, the scene was reminiscent of the one in Seattle last year when replacement official Lance Easley made a controversial call to give the Seahawks a win over Green Bay.
UPDATE: Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reports that officials from the game sent an e-mail to Santa Margarita coach Harry Welch, apologizing for the mistake.
“On behalf of my crew, we apologize to your team, coaching staff and the SMCC community for this incorrect call,” Bob Yoakum said. “I take full responsibility for this mistake. My crew should have been in the right spot to make the correct call. We will use this as a learning experience.”
Thanks to Max Preps for bringing this story to our attention.