UPDATE: The referee who threw the flag has informed CIF he will not rescind his decision and Williams is officially suspended for Friday’s game.
Muir standout quarterback Dejon Williams is ineligible to play in Friday’s quarterfinals playoff game against Los Altos after being ejected toward the end of last week’s 53-35 win over La Mirada in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs.
According to Muir coach John Hardy, Williams was ejected after receiving the second of two taunting penalties in the game. Per CIF-Southern Section rules, any player who is ejected from a contest is automatically forced to sit out his team’s next game.
Hardy said late Tuesday that the school will fight the decision and that he’s confident Williams’ ejection will be overturned. According to Hardy, Williams’ second taunting penalty came when he threw the ball to the referee after scoring a touchdown on a interception return and the referee did not see the ball and was struck by it and threw a flag.
Also late Tuesday, a CIF official said that the Southern Section cannot rescind an ejection. The only person who can do that is the referee. If that happens, Williams will be eligible to play on Friday.
Friday’s game was called early with under a minute on the clock after a fight between La Mirada and Muir players.
Aram’s take: This would be totally devastating for Muir to not have Williams for a game of this caliber. Hopefully, the matter gets resolved soon. During the scuffle that happened at the end of the game, I was interviewing Williams (yes, with time still left on the clock) and he suggested we move further down the sideline to get away from the situation. So this situation can certainly have nothing to do with that. Nobody wants to see a player like Williams, who is having a dynamite season, be forced out of such a big game. If it’s true and the ref didn’t see the ball, and Muir says it has video of the incident, then this needs to get overturned.