“He raised his hand because he knew was going to the pinnacle,” Kenneth Owens told the Herald, his voice seared with emotion and anger at times.

“There was nothing dishonorable about the play. There was no doubt it was a touchdown. He gets 20 yards in — and he’s not thinking about the rule — and he just raised his hand.”…

“He handed the ball to the referee. He didn’t spike it,” the elder Owens said.

But the play was nullified. Rival Blue Hills Regional Technical School ended up taking home the trophy with a 16-14 win.