One of the more controversial games in recent championship history has finally come to an end. The Vermont Principals Association has denied Mill River's final appeal of the outcome of the Division Three football championship game. The Woodstock Wasps are officially the DIII state champs.
A five-person VPA special committee met via conference call this afternoon to hear the appeal. Mill River had it's original protest of the result of Saturday's game denied, which set up this appeal process.
After a deliberation, the committee voted unanimously to deny the appeal, making the outcome of the game, a Woodstock win, official.
Mill River's protest centered on the next-to-last play of the game. The school said that video showed that a Woodstock player fumbled the ball out of the end zone, and it should have been ruled a touchback, ending the game and giving Mill River the win.
Officials ruled the ball went out of bounds in the field of play, giving Woodstock fourth and goal at the one. The Wasps would score on the next play and win 20-19 in overtime.
There are currently no VPA rules for the use of video evidence or instant replay in ruling on a protest and it wasn't taken into consideration in this case. VPA Associate Executive Director Bob Johnson says that, although not everyone will be happy, the process worked. However, it could be seeing changes in the future.
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