While in the Aloha Stadium press dugout room that is usually reserved for photographers, I was writing about Radford’s 30-16 victory over Kapaa in the Division II football state championship game on Friday night.
The Division I title game was in progress and Kahuku had just scored its first touchdown to make it 7-6. I got up to watch the play on the jumbotron and stayed up to watch the extra point that appeared to sail wide right.
After telling another person in the immediate area, “They missed the extra point,” he said, “Really?”
Time to get back to the D-II story that was almost done. But a few seconds later, the person said to me, “Good,” and he raised his hands. The scoreboard read, “7-7.”
I said, “Really?” It was quite the reversal. Extra-point kicks and the angle you watch from can be deceiving. Sometimes, you just can’t be sure.
It fooled the referee directly under the right upright. Take a look at this video here http://bit.ly/1Xb4N1C of Kekoa Sasaoka‘s extra-point attempt that made an ESPN segment called “C’mon Man!” The referee could not tell if it was good or not and looked to his fellow referee, several fans behind the end zone, and a photographer. After the photographer signaled “good” with raised arms, the referee followed. “Good!”
Still, it’s hard to tell one way or the other if that kick by Sasaoka was good. You can be the judge by watching the video. Fast forward to the 1:54 mark.
Joel Pahukula, a radio play-by-play announcer on Kauai who had just finished his broadcast of the early game, wrote on Facebook on Monday that he was in the end zone with a good view and thought the kick missed.
If it indeed went wide right, it’s simply a reminder that all humans, including referees, make mistakes. The play did not have an effect on the outcome of the game. Kahuku, the new D-I state championship team, beat then-No. 1 Saint Louis 39-14.
Addendum: Many people who have been asked have said the extra-point replay is very close and that it’s hard to tell if it’s good or not. Some people say it’s definitely good. Others don’t know for sure. Several people in the comments section on this post wrote that OC 16 on its pay-per-view broadcast showed a close up of the ball going through the goal posts and that it was clearly good.