Carver running back Isaiah Crowell did some leaping last night in a 34-6 victory over Heard County, hurdling defenders at least twice including once on a touchdown run, according to our reporter at the game.
I think we have all seen similar plays where an athletic ball carrier makes a diving defender look stupid by leaping him like a track and field obstacle. But were Crowell's runs illegal?
According to the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, they may have been.
The NFHS, which oversees the Georgia High School Athletic Association, has clearly laid out in its rulebook that hurdling a defender with no part of his body but one or two feet on the ground is a no-no.
From the book:
"Hurdling is an attempt by a player to jump (hurdle) with one or both feet or knees foremost over an opponent who is contacting the ground with no part of his body except one or both feet."
Now because I haven't seen video of this, I don't know if the players Crowell hopped over were on the ground or not, and that makes all the difference. So it's certainly possible the runs were in the right and ref got it correct. Were any of you there to see? Anyone have a video online?
And what about that rule? I'm trying to think of a reason it might be illegal and the only thing I can come up with is that it presents a higher risk of injury to the leaping player. What are your thoughts on it?
- Chris White (follow me on Twitter @le_chriswhite)