MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia High School Association president Dr. Glenn White says Calhoun’s AAA football title will stand.
Appearing as a guest on John Druckenmiller’s “Hometown Headlines” radio show on WRGA in Rome, White was asked about Peach County questioning the result of last Friday’s AAA championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after a controversial call in the fourth quarter. Calhoun won 10-6.
“Calhoun is definitely 3A champion,” White said. “I don’t see that changing at all. The problem, John, is in our by-laws and constitution, a call of that nature is not reviewable.”
White was referring to by-law 2.92-g in the GHSA Constitution, which reads: “Judgement calls by contest officials are not reviewable or reversible.” The law was added in October, less than a year after a controversial call in a playoff baseball game was overturned.
Many on social media have argued the call Peach is disputing wasn’t the game’s only questionable call. Two apparent lost Peach fumbles stayed in the Trojans’ hands, for example. Some say Peach receiver Noah Whittington ran out of bounds before the catch, and that if he went out of bounds without being forced out, there should have been a flag for illegal touching.
“I thought at worst it was a first down on the one, at best it was a touchdown,” White said about the play involving Whittington. “I did not see whether the young man stepped out of bounds or anything like that, but just watching it, I really felt like that was a bad call.”
The president went on to say GHSA officials “spend a lot of time working on their technique and making calls in the game, and we’re all human as far as making mistakes, but when you watch that it really looks like he missed the call as far as the kid catching the ball.”
White, who told Druckenmiller he watched last Friday’s game on television, said the GHSA isn’t equipped to use video replay.
“It’s not like playing in the SEC or NFL where they review those plays,” he said. “We just don’t have the resources to do that.”
Peach County principal Ken Hartley e-mailed and then hand-delivered a 3-page letter to the organization. Read the full letter here.
GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines tells 41NBC Peach County will get a meeting with the GHSA Board of Trustees on Monday. Hartley confirmed the meeting will happen at 1 p.m. in Thomaston.
“I am pulling for the Rome Wolves”
White, current Director of Student Services for Floyd County Schools and former principal at Model High School in Rome, was asked about this Friday’s AAAAA championship game between Warner Robins and Rome, which was rescheduled after wintry weather last Friday in Atlanta.
Warner Robins won a coin toss, so the game will be played at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
“I am pulling for the Rome Wolves,” White said on Druckenmiller’s radio show. “I hope they win their second state championship in a row. I believe they will and this is once again my opinion: I don’t really think it matters where Rome plays Warner Robins. I think they beat them no matter where they play them. I would hope the people of Rome are thinking the same thing: ‘Look, it doesn’t matter where we play you, we’re gonna beat you. We’re gonna win another state championship.'”
The Wolves (14-0) and Demons (14-0) kick off Friday at 7:30.