Written by Corbett Smith
Skyline, DISD plans to file complaint over officiating in 5A semifinal
The Dallas Independent School District — with participation from administrators from Skyline — plans to file a complaint with the University Interscholastic League and the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials regarding various calls made in Skyline’s 28-24 loss to Southlake Carroll in Saturday’s Class 5A Division I semifinal.
The complaint includes the ruling on the game’s controversial onside kick.
DISD athletic director Jeff Johnson confirmed that a letter would be sent but set no timetable for the complaint.
“Basically, we are going to send [a letter] to express our concern and disappointment of the crew that officiated the game,” Johnson said.
“We are going to ask that the UIL as well as the chapter further review the various calls. We want to ensure that that crew has a clear understanding, as well as the means how to administrate the rules of the game.”
UIL athletics compliance officer Ed Stidham, whose office received more than 300 calls Monday relating to the game, said there’s no official protest available for the district.
He pointed to Section 1204 (Q) of the UIL constitution, which reads: “A protest based on a game or contest official’s decision will not be considered.”
Johnson declined to point out specific disputed incidents in the game, but three fourth-quarter plays during Carroll’s comeback have been points of contention for Skyline supporters on various social media outlets.
There’s the onside kick — which was ruled recovered by Southlake Carroll prior to its game-winning drive. But Skyline supporters also challenge a pass interference call that put the ball on the 3-yard line on Carroll’s first fourth-quarter touchdown, and a Carroll incomplete pass that the supporters contend was a fumble.
A seven-man crew based out of Austin was used in the game, agreed upon by both schools in the negotiations leading up to the game, Austin Football Officials Association supervisor of officials Tim Crowley said.