NMAA calling for change after heated end to high school football game

This story has been corrected. See below. 

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – The group that oversees high school football in New Mexico wants the group that oversees high school football in the country to change a rule.

It’s part of the fallout from one of the wildest and most controversial endings to a game in state history.

Powerhouse Artesia had just picked off a pass from Goddard to seemingly seal a win in their heated rivalry on the road in Roswell a week and a half ago.

Artesia only needed to run out the clock but the last 32 seconds of the game would actually take seventeen minutes to play as Goddard’s defenders kept reaching to swipe the snap from the center before the ball could get into the quarterback’s hands.

They’d get called for offsides four times in a row.

That strategy has been bashed as classless and unsportsmanlike but-as the New Mexico Activities Association discovered-technically legal.

Then they succeed on the fifth try, triggering an outcry from the Artesia announcers.

A couple penalties on Artesia would then wipe out an interception and push Goddard into easy field goal range.

By now Artesia, feels like the game is rigged, as Goddard finally hits a chip shot field goal to win the game.

Critics have asserted that a defensive player can’t swipe the ball without jumping the gun unless they have superhero speed.

The NMAA said the swipe was not clean, and plans to ask the National Federation of High School Associations to ban the tactic.

CORRECTION: KRQE News 13 originally reported the NMAA said the swipe was clean. However, the NMAA actually said the swipe was not clean. This story has been corrected. 

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