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VPA Committee to Rule On Mill River Protest

Monday, November 11


Mill River's protest of the outcome of the Division Three high school football state championship game has been denied.  But the school has appealed the denial and that appeal will be heard by a five person committee likely later this week.

The initial protest centered around the next to last play of the game, which Woodstock eventually won 20-19 in overtime.  Facing third and goal and trailing 19-13, Woodstock's Tom Baumann fumbled while stretching out for the goal line.  The officials ruled the ball went out of bounds in the field of play and the Wasps were giving the ball at the one.  Woodstock would score on fourth down, kick the extra point and win their third straight D-3 state title.

But WCAX video of that third down play seems to show that the ball crossed over the goal line after it was fumbled and went out of bounds in the end zone.  By rule, that would have been called a touchback, giving the ball to Mill River and sealing the victory for the Minutemen. 

Mill River did not protest the play at the time of the game.  VPA Associate Executive Director Bob Johnson told Channel Three Sports that he received the protest early Sunday morning.

Johnson, who reviewed and denied the protest request, said for the protest to be upheld there would have to be a gross misapplication or misinterpretation of a specific rule, and that wasn't the case here.

Mill River Athletic Director Rob Black told Channel Three Sports that the school would appeal the denial of the protest.  That appeal would be heard by a five member VPA committee, which would make the final decision.  If they rule to accept the protest, the committee would also decide a course of action, which could include replaying the game, declaring co-champions or awarding the title to Mill River.

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