**After Referees Blunder, Next Call Is a Judge’s **
LOCUST GROVE, Okla. — The marquee at the Quik Shop in this rural town says, “Go Pirates Win State.” It seems a reasonable expectation for undefeated and top-ranked Locust Grove High School, considering its star quarterback has thrown 65 touchdown passes this season and only five interceptions.Yet, the Class 3A playoffs for Oklahoma’s midsize schools are being delayed in a state that takes football as seriously as the weather. The next play will be made in a courtroom, not on the field.
On Wednesday, a district judge is scheduled to affirm or invalidate Locust Grove’s disputed 20-19 quarterfinal victory Nov. 28 over Frederick A. Douglass High School of Oklahoma City. Douglass is seeking to have the final 64 seconds or the entire game replayed because of an admitted and crucial mistake made by the referees in negating a late touchdown.
At issue, essentially, is whether the mistake should be corrected or whether human error should be allowed to stand as one of life’s harsh but unavoidable lessons.
Please tell me this is a joke. I know we are a litigious country but this is ridiculous. And I would have expected Sooners to have better sense.
Life is unfair. Deal with it.