WASHINGTON (Circa) — A high school football player is facing suspension for his next game, which also happens to be homecoming, due to unsportsmanlike conduct.
The referees believe the player, wide receiver Cameron Torres of Peoria High School, was high stepping as he scored a touchdown. He was ejected from the game after a flag was thrown because they believed Torres was taunting his opponents.
Unfortunately for Torres, Arizona Interscholastic Association doesn't allow any ejections to be appealed but the school is fighting back.
Torres' coach Will Babb says he has gone through a "full circle" of emotions and is perplexed by the referees' choice to eject Torres.
"I am really perplexed, because I am still not sure what he did wrong," Babb told the Arizona Republic. "He did have high knees, but there is no rule against high knees. He scored, ran to the back of the end zone and celebrated with his teammates. I didn't see it as taunting."
Brian Gessner, head of officials for the Arizona Interscholastic Association, won't comment on whether the referees made the right choice calling a penalty on Torres.
"I will tell you this, nobody works harder than these football officials," Gessner said to the Arizona Republic. "They are in the rule book, looking at video. They work hard at their advocation. It's a judgment call. I'm not going to overrule judgement calls. This is a championship crew. I'm not going to comment on their judgment."
You can watch the incident for yourself in the video above beginning at 8 seconds.