Sports Brief: NCOA statement regarding Colusa/Pierce football game
NCOA statement regarding Colusa/Pierce football game
The Board of the Northern California Officials Association released a statement after reviewing the end of Colusa's 18-13 win against Pierce on Sept. 27.
On the play, Pierce blocked a field goal attempt by the RedHawks as time expired and after a moment of confusion, a Colusa player picked up the ball and ran it in for a game-winning touchdown.
Pierce coach Scott Burnum requested a review of the play because he believed one of the officials blew the play dead and a penalty was incorrectly assessed.
Burnum said an official blew his whistle which is why the Bears players stopped pursuing the play and pointed to a video in which an official could be seen lifting his arms and taking a step toward the line of scrimmage before the video gets shaky and turns off. He also submitted a photo which shows the referee approaching the ball.
The NCOA statement said, "There was nothing in the video that showed any misapplication or misinterpretation of any rule," and "There was nothing in the still pictures that showed any misapplication or misinterpretation of any rule."
Burnum also argued that the penalty for Colusa players removing their helmets on the field should be a spot foul, not a dead-ball foul, because the helmet-less players followed the play to the end zone.
However, the NCOA statement said, "There is no foul for a player's helmet coming off, unless that player participates in the play during a live ball (rule 9-6-7-g). An unsportsmanlike foul was called on one of the Colusa players for throwing his helmet to the ground but that player did not participate in the play after that."
"In this case, the offended team would have the option to have the penalty enforced from the extra point try."
The NCOA statement said, "The officials acted appropriately and professionally in a very unusual circumstance, one in which there were many opportunities to make a mistake, but they did not."