MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Class AAA No. 6 South Charleston scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute to go to beat No. 3 University 24-20 in the high school football quarterfinals Friday night.

University argued the ball hit the ground, but it was officially ruled a catch. The video replay from the end-zone is posted above. South Charleston moves on into the Class AAA semifinals with the win.


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  • bill

    watched this play a couple of times have no side to take either way and video clip was no angle for me to make a call but the SC reciever's reaction was he knows it was a trap and not a catch.

  • WV Buck

    The University coach and fans are looking like a bunch of immature crybabies. You got beat get over it, it happens. If you played in the MSAC you wouldnt have even made the playoffs. You came to charleston last season and Capital hung what 70 on you now SC comes to your house and spanks you and you cry like a baby.When you come off the porch and run with the big dogs sometimes you get bit.

    • John Doe

      You are an idiot.

  • SC Fan

    Are the injured UHS Hawks players okay? I mentioned that several times in my comments but no one responded. I truly hope those boys are not injured badly. I saw one being helped off the field with what appeared to be a foot, knee or leg injury. Congrats again on a great season, by the way that was the first time I had been to UHS , you have a beautiful facility. Would love to see the river valley view in the daytime

    • UHS player

      The wide receiver the got hit hard toward the sideline was ok but the number 9 had a broken leg

      • SC Fan

        Sorry about his leg, Hope he heals quickly! I was concerned about both but especially the wide receiver. Thank you for the update, you guys played an awesome game. The injured will be in our prayers!

        • UHS player

          Thank you, you played awesome as well. Good luck and thanks for being concerned and showing great sportsmanship!

  • One Youn Man Knows the Truth

    Yes, only the receiver from SC knows the truth. If he trapped it, he will run his mouth like all kids and lose his integrity as a young man forever. If he truly caught it, the. Great play and pat on back to him. So what's the truth young man?

    • UHS

      Mr. Crozier will probably not speak up I bet

  • I want the truth from the receiver

    The only left now is for Metronews to interview the receiver and let's see if he has acquired any integrity as a young man. Or is there a better video out there that someone has and that we can watch? I would love to see him admit that it bounced or he pulled it off as called. Just the truth. Doesn't matter what he says now, the call was a "catch" and the game is over with SC being declared the winner per the scoreboard. So what's the receivers name and when will he offer to settle this one like an honest young man so we can all go on with our life knowing the true story. Otherwise, he may have to live with a lie when he could be living with a cherished memory. What say yee young receiver for SC, you wanna tell the story from your perspective?

    • #23 step-father


    • #23 step-father

      Really?? You need a 17 yr old student football player to comment on a play that has nothing to do with your life. Grow up, move on I bet your players will...........they lost ...........get over it........To the University Hawk players you all played very well, as did the SC Black Eagles. Much respect to the players of University, you have a very good team, good band and beautiful facility. #23 does his talking on the field.......just saying

  • sportsfan

    Im just a fan but I do have 1 comment .WHY is wv the only state around that still uses 5 officials especially in playoff games. I know for a fact VA has been using 7 officials for at least 4 years . These calls would be much better officiated with more eyes on the field. The coaches in this state need to insist on 6 or 7 officials in playoff games anyway. The WVSSAC needs to get with the program and give these games better officiating via more eyes

    • UHS player

      I agree 100%

  • sportsfan

    I listen and watch these comments week in and week out..... Heres an idea wy doesn't wvssac get in the new age with officials most states use 6 and some use 7 officials in games. These calls that happen with a 5 man crew as has been discussed here are the result of not enough officials on the field . My opinion is the coaches in this state shoud insist or 6 or even 7 officials especially in playoff games. I know from visiting relatives and going to game in VA they have been using 7 for at least 4 yrs..... GET IN THE NEW AGE WVSSAC so these calls are gotten right via more eyes on the plays >>>>>>>>

  • Mr riff raff

    you think the Hawks were disrespectful... HA. Those black Eagles were possibly the most disrespectful group of heathens I've ever seen. Before the game they spit on the U and were dancing on it. And after the game almost every player didn't shake hands. That team doesn't know what discipline is and never will. If I was a coach that would be the last place I'd coach.

    • Northerner

      Capital players not much better.. What is it???

    • SC89

      SC has always been like that. It will never change. If they would have lost it would have been the refs fault

    • SCHS1977

      Obviously you are a UHS grad/fan. You lost/we won. Get over it.

      • Mac

        "Get over it! ?" Gee SCHS 1977, somebody gives an opinion and you act "Holier-than- thou" = = We ALL know up here in the "educated northern part of the state" that the Charleston and S. Charleston area teams play dirty, cheat, use non-eligible players and payoff the officials to win your games.
        If you think I'm wrong, then how did you beat UHS on a pass play where the receiver's knee hit on the 1-yard line? Oh, that's right, you paid off the officials so you could win!

    • Proud SC Mother

      Is discipline getting on here bashing children if so I don't want it.? I am a proud mother and have every right to be. With God all things are possible and my son has God on his side. Great job to all the boys from both teams you all had an amazing year keep your head up and don't let all this negative stuff pull you in be the better examples

    • Proud SC Mother

      So sad I know this to be untrue there is no way you can honestly say they didn't shake hands this kids are amazing kids and their coach should be very proud of them

  • Eer4life

    The game didn't exactly end on this play. It was what? 1st and goal from the 5 when this so called questionable call went down and SC has 2 timeouts left? They had already marched the ball almost the length of the field in like a minute and change, they were scoring regardless. And university did get the ball back with 33 seconds left, they just couldn't do anything with it once again

  • Random

    some of the comments on here are terrible, you parents should be embarrassed, not only for yourselves but also for you children. Look at the way you are teaching them to act. On the other hand, the Black Eagles deserved this win, and they played hard to get it, yes there were bad plays and bad calls on both sides but that's just how the game goes, accept it and get over it. If you would like to talk about bad sportsmanship, when the sc player was hurt in the second half of the game, not one of the university player took a knee, disrespectful if you ask me, so the speech given before the game about GOOD sportsmanship was just something for me to shake my head about. I could go on and on, the Black Eagles deserved that win, and they showed it, so get out there and practice hard this week and show everyone what the Black Eagles are really made of next week, I know you boys can do it!!!

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    • AJ Adams

      That's funny because I took a knee. Learn your facts and you grammar

    • Jrizzle

      youre just as bad as those that you called out. You condescend on the phone others, only to them thumb your nose because your team won.... I feel sorry for any kids that deal with parents like all of you nuts that post on here.

      All of you are teaching the wrong lessons because you're living vicariously through your kids playing football. There's WAY more important stuff in life that high school football, but you'd never know it to read all of this nonsense.

  • Merl

    This was an incredibly entertaining game. Far more so than the WVU game the night before. Yes it is a shame the game ended with a controversial call. My view was perfect and the same one Coach Kelley had and it sure looked like it bounced. Based on the players reactions the receiver knew it bounced too....should ask him. In any case, I am proud of both teams for how hard they played.

  • Jrizzle

    i have no skin in this game and no cares in the world as to who won it. The catch looks good, and I don't think it could be overturned even with instant replay.

    Kelley claiming he got cheated is terrible leadership for the kids on the team, and those supporting them. In life, you get beat sometimes. Crying foul doesn't get you to a better place in most cases. Being thick skinned enough to move on is invaluable.

    Poor lesson coach. Poor leadership.

  • Upset Hawks Fan

    To loose on a trapped pass at the end of a game is so upsetting to me the fact that none of the officials had a clear view and that the official with the worse view made the call is upsetting. But having coach Kelly not take advantage of the single high safety look SC was running all night on defense by attacking the single corner deep pissed me off not have him ask the officials to watch the SC quarterback that was committing a false start on every play pisses me off and not having a coach notice that the quarterback was clapping just before the snap on every play really posses me off I'm watching as a fan and I seen this stuff why the hell didn't the coach who has been coaching football for years. Also for the record the flea flicker worked beautifully but the ball was under thrown we should have went back to it later in the game. Also coach just so ya know their is no rule saying you can't run a sweep or something to get outside down by the goal line and why would you call a wide receiver screen as your first play trailing by 4 with 30 seconds left in the game you should have attacked the deep middle of the field and used your timeouts to stop the clock just saying the bad call by the officials ended the game but poor coaching ended our season although I commend you for standing up for our team at the end up until then I didn't know if you were even awake

    • Proud SC Mother

      Please tell me how was the SC QB committed a false start on every play

    • University

      Most of your comments are irrelevant. All of these things you said that weren't called out were and we came into the game with the best possible plan to win the game and executed it for the most part. And SC shuts down the sweep by blitzing in the C gaps. If you're so observant try to notice that next time. And I disagree with you 100% that bad coaching ended our season. We have the best coaches in the state and nothing will ever change that. I do agree with you though that he did a great job standing up for the team. That solidifies my point of having the best coaches in the state