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This high schooler was suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct because he high-stepped while scoring a touchdown. 

Was this penalty fair? Read more about what happened: https://t.co/wVv6Y9d8lo https://t.co/3RrMjpzXzM

 

 

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Tried to put a penalty or no penalty poll on this but it didn't work. 

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Yeah, we had a TD against Gatesville called back because the receiver held his forefinger up as he crossed the goal line. 

A: If you want to have an "EXCESSIVE Taunting" penalty, I can accept that. But penalizing a team because of a forefinger or high-stepping? Smoaky doesn't allow the proper language I deem adequate to describe that mentality.

But let's address the logic: Why is it a penalty to simply raise a forefinger or highstep on a touchdown run? Because it's taunting the opposing players? What, it's hurting their feelings?

We do all know that on lots of plays in almost every game across the state on any given Friday night, at least one player is shouting something offensive at an opposing player, right? So shpuld tefs start flagging all of that? Or how about we start handing out "Great Job" trophies exactly like the state championship one to all 1400+ teams?

B: There is NO REALM OF EXISTENCE were it should be considered okay by ANY stretch of the imagination to take away a score because of a forefinger or a highstep. The ONLY time any play should be negated is if a procedural violation occurred which created or could have created an unfair advantage. A penalty for Excessive Celebration or Taunting during a touchdown play should be enforced on the ensuing kickoff, or if it occurs in the process of a kickoff, on the ensuing possession.

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Bad call 

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13 minutes ago, 88YoePride said:

Yeah, we had a TD against Gatesville called back because the receiver held his forefinger up as he crossed the goal line. 

A: If you want to have an "EXCESSIVE Taunting" penalty, I can accept that. But penalizing a team because of a forefinger or high-stepping? Smoaky doesn't allow the proper language I deem adequate to describe that mentality.

But let's address the logic: Why is it a penalty to simply raise a forefinger or highstep on a touchdown run? Because it's taunting the opposing players? What, it's hurting their feelings?

We do all know that on lots of plays in almost every game across the state on any given Friday night, at least one player is shouting something offensive at an opposing player, right? So shpuld tefs start flagging all of that? Or how about we start handing out "Great Job" trophies exactly like the state championship one to all 1400+ teams?

B: There is NO REALM OF EXISTENCE were it should be considered okay by ANY stretch of the imagination to take away a score because of a forefinger or a highstep. The ONLY time any play should be negated is if a procedural violation occurred which created or could have created an unfair advantage. A penalty for Excessive Celebration or Taunting suring a touchdown play should be enforced on the ensuing kickoff, or if it occurs in the process of a kickoff, on the ensuing possession.

I can get on board with wiping out the TD for taunting. Adding it on the kickoff won't do much of anything. Most kickers can still place the ball really deep, or at least to the point that the penalty would be pretty useless. 

That said, this is a horrible application of the rule and if that's going to be a rule you have to have officials call it correctly.

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That's some bogus mess there, it is.

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Bad call, and if he was let the young man celebrate he made a great catch for th TD, refs be hating cause they can't keep up with these young ballers

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3 hours ago, DawgNation2015 said:

Bad call.  He high stepped to avoid the DB’s arm tackle then went back to a normal run as he crossed goal line.

I agree, when I think of high-stepping I think of Deion Sanders, Deion would laugh in that ref face for this one. 

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That wasn't Fair, most kids that plays high school football looks up to NFL players as a idol,what dances or steps they do An so on, it's part of the game, sport. Not being offensive to other team or nothing like that, they justv wants to be there idol Or icons of the sport. The kid should not be suspended, Bad call, wish they let high school kids do there dances or slam ball into Endzones An celebrate touch downs more without penalized.

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