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.
“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.