High school football: Harris County coach not upset over controversial end to Friday's game

cwhite@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 18, 2010 

Harris County football coach Tommy Parks said Monday he was not upset over the controversial final few seconds of his team's 17-14 loss to Northgate on Friday.

Harris County appeared ready to attempt a game-tying field goal with about five seconds left, but Tigers players did not expect the clock to begin running when officials spotted the ball, the final seconds ticked off before the snap.

On the previous play, quarterback Detavis Buggs spiked the ball to stop the clock. However, officials on the field allegedly ruled that Buggs' run one play earlier was not enough for a first down and the clock, which stopped and allowed Harris County to get the spike in, should have continued running.

The West Georgia Football Officials Association is investigating the incident, according to Sparky Smallwood, the organization's president. Smallwood said Georgia High School Association rules prohibit him from commenting on the game of the investigation while it is ongoing.

The game had big playoff implications in Region 3-AAAA Division B as only the top three teams in each of the two divisions will advance to play-in games with the possibility of reaching the postseason. Friday's game put Northgate at 3-1 in region play and dropped Harris County to 2-2. That means Harris County needs to win both of its remaining games - road contests at Upson-Lee and Starr's Mill - while Northgate needs to lose both of its remaining games against Starr's Mill and Whitewater.

Parks said he was not angry over the officiating or a possible blown call, but was more upset that his team allowed Northgate to score on its opening drive due to a Harris County penalty for having 12 players on the field.

"If it weren't for that play, we wouldn't have needed that field goal," Parks said. "Northgate used that to go down the field and score, and without that we wouldn't have been in that situation."

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