With time running out in the Massachusetts Division 4A championship game, Cathedral High's Matthew Owens ran the QB keeper. Rolling to his right, Owens blew through the defense and sprinted 56 yards for the go-ahead score. He handed the ball to the ref. Victory! Nope, that's when he saw the yellow flag.
Owens had raised his left fist for less than a second as he crossed the 20 yard line. Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association believes that to be more as a taunt of his opponents than a celebration act. The play was called back with Cathedral penalized 15 yards. They would not score before time expired, and fell to Blue Hills by a score of 16-14.
"He raised his hand because he knew was going to the pinnacle," [Matthew's father] Kenneth Owens told the Herald, his voice seared with emotion and anger at times.Wonder if the opponent's defense is going to claim in a decade that they stopped the other team's offense and won the championship?
"To take the touchdown, to put that much anxiety on an 18-year-old after that performance, somebody has to tell me how do you do that and call yourself just from a football standpoint," Owens said.