Here’s what happened:
It’s fourth down and there’s three second to go. Bonner trails by a point at Judge’s 28-yard line. Field goal is not an option, so it’s Hail Mary time.
Bonner QB Jimmy Haley throws it up, but Judge player comes down with the ball. It’s an interception and the clock has expired.
Officials indeed ruled interception, but Judge defender never takes a knee. He drops the ball in the end zone and walks out of play to join his teammates in celebration.
“Grab the ball!” yelled one Bonner coach on the sideline.
Sure enough, a Friar picks up the loose ball in the end zone, about 5-7 seconds (rough estimate) after Judge kid had picked off Haley.
The officials never ruled the play dead after the interception Instead, they proceeded to leave Lincoln High stadium.
Bonner coaches and players pleaded with the officials to make an official ruling. So, they did the right thing and convened. They talked for about 30 seconds and the referee informed Bonner coach Greg Bernhardt that the Judge player had stepped out of bounds after the INT.
Unless the kid’s back foot hit the white line exactly as he caught the ball in the far left corner of the end zone, I never saw anyone step out of play.
I also didn’t see the back judge make the touchback signal.
What does everyone think? Interception and fumble, or interception and end of game?