Although state high school policy does not allow protests of any interscholastic sports contest, Miami Edison High wants to overturn a controversial decision that led to its loss in a playoff game Friday.
The school's alumni association planned to file an injunction Tuesday, asking that the team either get the chance to replay the final minutes of its Class 5A region quarterfinal against Palm Beach Garden Dwyer, or that the entire game be replayed.
Edison contends that game officials had no reason to stop the clock with two seconds remaining, and that the clock should have expired before Dwyer kicker Wil Stricklin was allowed to line up for a 19-yard field goal.
Stricklin made the kick, giving Dwyer an 11-10 victory.
"Whether it was intentional or unintentional, there were definitely, in my opinion, some errors in either judgment or officiating responsibilities at the end of that game," Edison principal Santiago Corrada said.
Game officials stopped the clock because they determined Dwyer quarterback Jermaine Moreira's helmet had been ripped off by an Edison player in the waning seconds.
But videotapes show Moreira removed his own helmet, which Edison said he did in disgust after his team failed to get into the end zone and was out of timeouts. The game seemed to be over.
"We had plenty of time to line up and spike the ball," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said.
Officials from the Florida High School Activities Association denied Edison's protest Monday, but the school said it will continue fighting until all options are exhausted.
"The coaching staff and the team believe that we won the game and that we should be rewarded for winning the game," Edison coach Corey Bell said.
Dwyer is scheduled to meet Pompano Beach Ely on Friday in the Region 4 semifinals.