Refs make a statement: Rosemead and Rowland combine for 27 penalties in Thursday’s game …

Let me put it to you this way. Rowland-Rosemead kicked off at 7 p.m. After 16 first-half penalties thrown by a crew that seemingly wanted to make a statement just as bad as the players did, the game didn’t reach halftime until 8:49 p.m.!!!!!!!!!! The Tribune’s unofficial count when it was all said and done: 27 PENALTIES!!!!!!! It was quite honestly the worst officiating I’ve ever seen over the span of four quarters. The refs made it so that there was NO FLOW to Thursday’s game. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was horrified and angry. I spoke to a local coach who echoed the same sentiments. It was all everybody in the stands were talking about. Both coaches had comments, with Rosemead’s Matt Koffler putting it best by saying “Unbelievable, unbelievable.” Yeah, it was. I saw my first penalty for a horse-collar tackle that occurred FROM THE FRONT. And it didn’t result in an automatic first down, at least not according to the down marker. Unreal. I saw Rowland call a timeout and after 2 minutes for the coaches to talk to the players the refs decided to measure. LIKE MEASURE TOWARD THE END OF THE TIMEOUT. NOT DURING. NOT AT THE BEGINNING, BUT RIGHT AFTER. Amazing use of time. Never seen anything like it. These guys need to be told they’re there to MANAGE THE GAME, not GET IN THE WAY OF IT!

Also: Somebody please tell the Rosemead PA announcer to take the Jolly Rancher out of his mouth when he speaks. Excuse me, Holmes, but I don’t want to hear you sucking on something before and after you speak. BRUTAL. And I won’t even mention the profanity EVERYBODY in the stadium heard when he left his mic on. Oops, I just did mention it. OK, I won’t even mention that when you say “Rosemead will play San Marino Titans next week”, you need to stick in a “THE”. “Rosemead will play THE San Marino Titans next week.” Oops, I just mentioned it. Awful.


    I know their might be a shortage of refs, but these guys were a JOKE!!! A flag for a horse collar tackle when a player was tackled from the front?!?!?! A holding call on a QB sneek??? Is that even possible??? The ‘Mead didnt do itself any favors with thier miscues and turnovers but the refs made themselves the story of this game. Just let the kids play!!

    and I agree about the PA announcer the sound of whomever that dude was smacking his lips was BAD!!

    !!WAR PANTHERS!! & !!FEAR THE REFS!! I mean MEAD!!

  • Really?

    “A holding call on a QB sneek??? Is that even possible???”

    Dude, seriously? You’ve never seen a holding call on a run play?

  • Mikey


    do you not recall the Bonita vs Muir 2nd rd playoff game last year???

  • Aram

    Yes, I do. But in that game, a lot of the penalties were warranted, obvious things like illegal procedures, illegal formations and so on. In Rowland-Rosemead these refs were LOOKING for things to call. They flagged Rowland for a sideline warning when the ball was inside the 5-yard line and on the far hash from the Rowland sideline. They were calling holding LEFT AND RIGHT. If you want to call holding on EVERY PLAY, you can do that. But good refs don’t do that because they know it would HORRENDOUSLY INTERRUPT the flow of the game. These guys were the worst crew I’ve ever seen.


  • HA

    I wonder if back judge Carlos was on that crew. Worst single official I have ever seen in the Etiwanda/Vista Murrieta game last week.

  • baseball43v3r


    I think it’s kind of hard to call out the PA announcer for improper grammar when the title of your article is “Refs make a make statement: Rosemead and Rowland combine for 27 penalties in Thursday’s game …”

    Maybe do your own proofreading before you criticize someone else for their flagarant abuse of the english language?


    baseball43v3r you may have a point about grammar and formatting of a sentence or whatever but were you at the game? Listening to the PA announcer smack his lips between play calls made my skin crawl. It was bad!!!


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