Arroyo coach Jim Singiser has reviewed the tapes following his team’s controversial 21-14 loss to San Dimas in the first round of the CIF Mid-Valley Division playoffs and says the referee’s call of an illegal forward pass on the game’s final play was “fair”.
Trailing 21-14 with four seconds left and the ball at the Saints’ 26, Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera took the final snap of the game and fired a pass to Andre Kerkhoff, who threw the ball back to Rivera, who took the ball about 15 yards for what might have been the game-tying score.
Soon after Rivera caught the ball and was making his way to the end zone, the referee threw a flag and called an illegal forward pass, which ended the game and the Knights’ season.
“It was the correct call,” Singiser said Saturday morning. “… by one foot. We had to watch the tape twice to see the second pass was thrown about a foot forward. I just don’t know if you make that call unless you’re 100-positive it was forward. It was a very close call.”