Football – The Ball Is Live Until The Whistle Blows!

From The Blaze Website:
“Last week, Columbia River High School was trailing by by one point, 24-23, against Skyview High with seconds left. Now, Columbia lined up to kick a 32-yard field goal to try to win the game. But as the kicker went to send the ball through the uprights, Skyview players burst through the line and blocked the kick.”

“Immediately, the players started running off the field, arms raised and in celebration. Other players and even students started rushing the field like the Stanford band decades earlier. There was just one problem: Columbia River players never heard a whistle, so as the ball lay in front of the kicker, one player picked it up and ran toward the goal line. When he crossed, the officials raised their arms signaling a touchdown.”

“So what happened? Well, there’s one important rule on blocked kicks: if the ball never crosses the line of scrimmage, it’s still considered a live ball and can be advanced. No whistle means the ball never crossed that line, and Columbia River’s heads up play led them to a crazy win.”

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