Controversial call in high school Super Bowl game

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December 5, 2011, 10:29 pm

(NECN: Josh Brogadir: Canton, Mass.) - Blue Hills is the Division 4A champion.

The coach and one of the players here say there is no controversy.

They say the play was against the rules and this is where the title belongs.

Six minutes to go in a Massachusetts High School Super Bowl game Saturday.

A hard fought game.

Blue Hills Regional Technical HS in Canton leads Boston's Cathedral High School by 4 points.

That's when Cathedral's quarterback breaks one, tasting daylight and the end zone, and in a moment of elation, he lifts his left arm.
See that yellow flag?

The run was called back - and his team later lost the game.

The MIAA does not allow any celebration that draws attention to an individual.

And that was against the new rules enforced this season.

Outside Cathedral High School, the team didn't want to talk about it.

The cheerleaders saw it from the sidelines.

"He made the biggest play of the season, it was his birthday. So he just put his arm up for one second," one of the cheerleaders told us.

"Really no comment on the incident that happened, so it's totally up to the MIAA and our administration to talk that up," said first year Cathedral Coach Duane Sigsbury who led his team to an 11-0 season before the Super Bowl loss.

We asked him if he was disappointed seeing that play called back.

"Yeah, absolutely it was. We had a great year and we're just excited with how the kids responded," Sigsbury said.
"There was no controversial call. The MIAA made it perfectly clear at the beginning of the season that this would not be tolerated," said Blue Hills Head Coach Ed Catabia.

The Division 4A Championship trophy now sits in Catabia's office.

He says Cathedral's QB had already gotten an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earlier in the game.

And that every coach and player should know the rules.

"When a player does something like that, that's usually what happens. He loses his composure or his poise," Catabia said.

Senior linebacker Keith Gomes intercepted a pass on the very next play to essentially clinch it for Blue Hills.

"We all played fair, we all listened to rules at the beginning of the game. We all know what to do and he was out of line. And that's the fact and that's the ruling," Gomes said.

Late word tonight from the MIAA that there is really nothing to discuss, once the game ends no change can be made, there are no appeals.

Any gestures are against the rules.

Tags: Football, canton, penalty, Blue Hills, Josh Brodagir, Cathedral, Cathedral football call
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