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Let’s go to the THIRD overtime of the New Jersey Group 5 state championship where Clifton is going in for a touchdown against East Orange when one of the craziest scenes breaks out in high school football history.
Now, there’s a referee shortage at all levels of youth sports & I’ve had refs get furious with me in the past, so I’ll go easy on this one.
JUST KIDDING….THE REF EIGHT FEET FROM THE ACTION IS EITHER BLIND OR JUST DOESN’T BELIEVE IN THE BALL BREAKING THE PLANE OF THE END ZONE IS A TOUCHDOWN.
As you can see in the video, East Orange senior Ahmad Nalls rips the ball out of the quarterback’s hands and goes 100-yards the other way for what was the game-winning touchdown. Game over. East Orange wins a state title.
“I thought we got robbed,” Clifton coach Ralph Cinque told NorthJersey.com. “I’m not saying they don’t deserve to win the football game, because that’s a good football team, but that’s how you’re going to end the game? On a play like that?”
East Orange coach Rae Oliver told the news outlet that the ruling was a strip, fumble recovery and then the game-winning touchdown.
“The one guy [official] that called touchdown, he said that he never put his arms up and it was after the fact,” Oliver said after the game. “That’s why I’m so happy we have instant replay in these scenarios because it took away the doubt.”
That’s right, Big Ten replay equipment was used and the call on the field of a fumble before the goal line stood.
Now, watch very closely. Watch the QB’s knees go down on the goal line. The replay booth is saying the ball is out before the knees go down and they’re saying it didn’t break the plane at that point.
It’s ludicrous. Absolute insanity.
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