Caraway: "In My Opinion, Skyline Won That Game, and All of the Players are Champions."
This is not the first time Dwaine Caraway has stood up for Skyline High School. Three years ago, back when the Dallas ISD first toyed with tinkering with its magnets, the District Four council member -- and Roosevelt grad -- went to the board of trustees and demanded they keep their hands off Skyline, lest he consider campaigning against the '08 bond program. The trustees backed off.
Now, this: Last night, City Hall forwarded a message from Caraway concerning the outcome of the Skyline-Southlake Carroll Class 5A Division 1 playoff game, decided in large part by the refs' call that Southlake's late-game onside kick had indeed gone 10 yards and not a mere nine. By now you're well aware that Southlake and the DISD filed a formal complaint with the University Interscholastic League Monday night; local news earlier this week, it's national news this morning.
Caraway writes that he was there; he saw the whole thing, the fourth quarter of injustice. "I can confidently say that the level of officiating was absolutely below the standards of what is required for such an important game," he writes. "In the final minutes, there were several blatantly blown calls, which completely changed the outcome of the game." He demands an investigation. He demands you demand an investigation. I demand you jump for high school football's Zapruder film, and for the former mayor's entire missive.
Councilmember Caraway Calls for University Interscholastic League to Investigate Referees Call at the Skyline High School vs. Southlake Carroll Football Game
I, Dwaine R. Caraway, am calling upon the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to investigate referee's calls that cost the Skyline High School football team an opportunity to compete in the state championship game.
Having been present at the game and after carefully reviewing the film of the matchup between Skyline and Southlake Carroll, I can confidently say that the level of officiating was absolutely below the standards of what is required for such an important game. In the final minutes, there were several blatantly blown calls, which completely changed the outcome of the game.
One of those calls occurred with just a few minutes left in the game when Skyline was ahead. Southlake Carroll made an onside kick to try to take the lead kicking the ball from the 40 yard line. The rules say the ball must travel 10 yards. The referee said the ball crossed the plane of the 48 yard line. In this case, I believe, the referee made the wrong call by ruling that Southlake Carroll's player fell on the 49 yard line. In another case, the flag thrown for pass interference was not even close.
These bad calls make me question the motives of the officiating crew. I understand that mistakes happen, but for a group of officials to decide the outcome of that game, rather than allowing the players to do so is completely unacceptable. High School athletics are part of our children's curriculum and the lesson that Skyline learned on Friday was that no matter how hard you work and how well you perform, someone can break the rules and take it all away from you.
I am asking the public to encourage the Director of the UIL to investigate this matter so that a future group of students aren't subjected to what our Skyline students were on Friday. In my opinion, Skyline won that game and all of the players are champions. It is unfortunate that a few bad calls took away their dream. The UIL can restore faith in these young people by doing the right thing which is to review the film of the game and publicly report and explain their findings.
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