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Controversial call costs Santa Margarita an upset of perennial power Bishop Gorman

Ben Rohrbach
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It's a good thing Las Vegas doesn't place odds on high school football games.

Santa Margarita (Calif.) High came from 10 points down in the final minutes to force overtime against perennial Vegas-based powerhouse Bishop Gorman High, and then seemingly won the interstate battle on a 32-yard touchdown pass (h/t USA Today).

But as the nearest referee signaled touchdown, sending Eagles players and coaches swarming into the end zone, another ref crossed the field to wave off the apparent catch.

The video captured by MaxPreps clearly shows Santa Margarita senior wide receiver Grant Clancy hauling in a pass from sophomore quarterback K.J. Costello, taking a pair of steps and crossing the goal line before losing control of the ball.

Santa Margarita senior Alex Ury, who converted a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation, missed a pair of attempts in the two overtime periods, and Bishop Gorman senior Ahmed Ramiz's 28-yard field goal following the controversial call gave the Gaels a 34-31 double-overtime win, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The call not only cost the Eagles an upset of a preseason nationally ranked team, but overshadowed a tremendous performance by Costello. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound sophomore sensation completed 26-of-43 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns, including 288 yards and three scores to junior wide receiver Kyle Sweet.

Of course, Bishop Gorman's quarterback isn't so bad himself. The son of the former Philadelphia Eagles great, Randall Cunningham II totaled 310 yards and a touchdown.

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