Ripley High School principal Jeff Palmer filed an official letter of protest with the Mississippi High School Activities Association concerning the ending of the Ripley Tigers’ 33-27 loss to the Rosa Fort Lions on Friday.
Ripley, trailing 33-27 in Friday’s Division 2-4A contest, was granted an untimed down from the Rosa Fort 4-yard line after the Lions were flagged for pass interference on the final play of regulation. Ripley quarterback Dalton James took a snap and ran right, falling over blockers into the end zone.
One line official signaled touchdown, while another said James’ knee touched at the 1-yard line
The touchdown was waved off following an abbreviated discussion amongst some officials, and without an explanation to Ripley coach Chad Cook.
Palmer said he spoke with MHSAA Associate Director Rickey Neaves for about an hour on the issue of how the final play was handled. If granted, an official inquiry and a meeting with the Executive Committee would occur at a later date. Palmer said word from the MHSAA could come as early as today.
“I know it’s a judgement call, but there were two different judgments on the same play,” said Palmer. “Our concern is that the official on the play side who signaled a touchdown was not included in the meeting.