Is Skyline High School right to protest the onside kick call?
DALLAS — A spokesman for Dallas ISD said the district plans to file a formal complaint with the University Interscholastic League on Tuesday to protest a referee's call that cost the Skyline High School football team an opportunity to compete in the state championship game.
"It's a sad situation right now, and it's unfair to these young men," said Sandy Wilson, president of Skyline's alumni association.
He attended the game Saturday night at Southern Methodist University's stadium.
With a couple of minutes left in the game, Skyline led its competitor, Southlake Carroll.
The Dragons made an onside kick to try to take the lead, and that's the call that Skyline and Dallas ISD question.
Southlake Carroll kicked it from the 40 yard line, and rules say the ball must travel 10 yards.
The referee said it crossed the plane of the 50 yard line, but Skyline argues the ref got it wrong and said Southlake Carroll's player fell on the 49 yard line.
The UIL said it has not received any formal complaint from Dallas ISD or Skyline High School, and insisted its rules are clear: Once the game is over, it's over.
Still, Wilson said he wants the state to review the referee's call.
"I think the play needs to be reviewed to make sure it's the correct call," he said. "The NFL does it. College does it. Yes, it's high school, but it's important to these young people because they've got to remember this the rest of their lives."
In its 38-year history, Skyline has seen success in many different sports, but the trophy case has no football championships.
Wilson said he realizes it's a long shot to get the UIL to change the outcome of Saturday's game.
Southlake Carroll is getting ready to play for its eighth state title at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington next Saturday at 4 p.m.