Early Saturday morning, Hilton Head Island High School appealed to the S.C. High School League, attempting to overturn the officials’ call on the final play of Friday night-s 49-45 loss to Hanahan.
“We have officially, formally protested the game and last play of last night’s game to (Region 8-AAA) and the SCHSL,” Hilton Head Island head football coach B.J. Payne said.
On the game’s final play from the Hanahan 4 with seven seconds left, Hilton Head quarterback Aidan Hegarty was forced to scramble and slipped on the wet turf while throwing a touchdown pass. The official ruled his knee touched down on the 10-yard line, ending the game.
Hilton Head supplied the SCHSL with video evidence from WHHI’s broadcast that the Seahawks claim shows Hegarty’s knee never touched the ground.
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“Aidan steps up and throws a touchdown on the last play of the game,” Payne said. “The officials rule the quarterback’s knee was down. We have video of it. It was 4 to 6 inches off the ground.”
Hilton Head Island athletic director Joe Monmonier admits the appeal may have little chance of affecting a change, but he said SCHSL executive director Jerome Singleton has promised the league will issue a written response on Monday.
“At least it is on record,” Monmonier said Saturday in a text.