WALTHAM -- Sprinting untouched from 56-yards out -- with nothing but green turf between him and the end zone -- Cathedral quarterback Matthew Owens, with the ball tucked in his left arm, raised his clenched right hand to signify a lead-grabbing touchdown with just minutes to go in the Division 4A Super Bowl.
Excitement or unsportsmanlike conduct?
The call was unsportsmanlike conduct. The consequence was a 56-yard, possible game-winning touchdown negated. Instead of an 18-16 Cathedral lead with a little more than six minutes to play, the Panthers were forced to take the ball from the spot of the foul at Blue Hills' 24-yard line. On the next play, a visibly upset Owens threw an interception which all but sealed the win for Blue Hills.
Blue Hills went on to win 16-14.
"In the game being played, we won the game," said Cathedral coach Duane Sigsbury, who couldn’t believe his teams previously undefeated season came down to that one penalty called against Owens. "Give Blue Hills a lot of credit they are a great football team, but we deserve better. The game got taken away from us. If you're going to take a game away from a kid being excited because he just made the play of his life, shame on you."
Blue Hills's John Curran threw a 45-yard TD pass to Isaiah Teixera and Vincent Burton ran for a 1-yard TD in the win.
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