Mill River challenge to DIII football championship is denied; school plans appeal
Staff Report | November 11,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Woodstock kicks the winning extra point in overtime on Saturday in the D-III title game. Mill River is appealing the play that led to the extra point.
MONTPELIER — The protest concerning the outcome of Saturday's Division III state championship football game filed by Mill River Union High School Principal Andy Pomeroy has been denied by the Vermont Principals Association, according to Mill River football coach Art Peterson. The school is appealing the decision, Peterson said.
"The thing that is frustrating is that they won't look at the videotape. There are hundreds of pictures and they won't look at them," Peterson said. "I just want to go the extra mile for the kids."
Woodstock defeated Mill River in overtime in the Division III state championship game played at Rutland's Alumni Field. The controversy revolves around an officials' call on third-and-goal during the overtime. Mill River's position is that the call should have been a touchback, a call that would have given the Minutemen a win over Woodstock and the state title. Instead of a touchback, the ball was spotted at the 1-yard line and the Wasps scored and kicked the extra points for their 31st consecutive victory and third consecutive state title.
The VPA is creating a committee to hear the appeal.