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Mass. title lost when player celebrates winning TD

December 6, 2011
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BOSTON—A touchdown called back, a chance for a Massachusetts high school championship lost. All because a player raised his arm in triumph as he ran for what would have been a go-ahead score.

The gesture by Cathedral High School quarterback Matthew Owens in Saturday's Division 4A Super Bowl drew a flag from a referee who was enforcing a sportsmanship rule that prohibits players from celebratory or taunting behavior while scoring a touchdown.

The 18-year-old senior was racing for the end zone in the final minutes of the game against Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Video shows Owens briefly raising his left arm in triumph as he approaches the end zone.

The penalty flag nullified the touchdown. Cathedral went on to lose the game 16-14.

Owens father tells the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/v5xJox) that his son wasn't taunting, he was just showing a normal human reaction to an exciting moment.

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