A missed call in the second quarter of the first Class 4A semifinal Thursday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium resulted in a touchdown for the No. 1-seeded East Leopards, who went on to beat Olympus 47-21.
According to Kevin Dustin, assistant director of the Utah High School Activities Association, there was a "misapplication of the rule" following a muffed punt by Olympus, which resulted in a touchdown for the Leopards with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the first half to give East a 21-14 lead.
The officials signaled for a touchdown when East's Avery Hopkins crawled for a loose ball and recovered the ball in the end zone from the muffed Titan punt to give the Leopards six points. But as Dustin said, the national rulebook states once the ball crosses the plane of the end zone and never clearly is possessed by either team, it should automatically be ruled a touchback and should have been Olympus' ball at the 20-yard line.