By Ray Hamill — A different angle provided a very different perspective on the controversial pass interference penalty in a football game at Crusader Field on Saturday, and it appears as if the officials got the call right after all.
St. Bernard’s was called for the penalty on a crucial fourth down play in the final minute of the game, as the visiting Fortuna Huskies looked to close out a 34-26 win with a playoff spot on the line.
The call, which kept the drive going and allowed the Huskies to run out the clock on the following play, enraged some of the home fans and coaches, who felt hard done by.
But a photo taken from the Fortuna sideline clearly shows the officials made the correct call, and in difficult circumstances at a pivotal time of the game.
The Huskies, who ran out the final seven and a half minutes of the game, must wait until next Sunday to see if they have made the NCS Division-5 playoff field, but it would appear to be almost certain that they will after Saturday’s win.
The Crusaders are guaranteed a place in the Division-6 bracket, but likely saw the top seed slip away with the loss.
All eight NCS playoff brackets will be released on Sunday.