So many penalties – 21 in all for 209 yards.
That was a surprising total, because often that many flags aren’t thrown in late season and important high-school football games. That April 24 contest in question was a Virginia High School League Class 6 state semifinal seesaw playoff game between the host Madison Warhawks and winning South County Stallions by a 29-22 score.
And the penalties had definite impact on the outcome, in many situations. Some penalties kept drives alive for South County. Another gave Madison a two-point safety when the Stallions were flagged for holding in their end zone.
Usually in such big games, the game officials let the players play a bit more, swallowing their whistles a bit. But that wasn’t the case in that April 24 clash. Maybe all 21 penalties were legitimate. Some certainly needed to be called.
It was just one of those big games with a lot of penalties that could have changed the outcome.
– Dave Facinoli