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Broad Run's Peeler could miss region semi

Broad Run senior running back T.J. Peeler may be forced to sit out the third-ranked Spartans’ Virginia AA Region II semifinal on Nov. 20 after getting flagged for two excessive celebration penalties in a 47-7 win over Potomac Falls on Friday night.

Peeler, one of the top running backs in the area and a Pittsburgh recruit, was penalized for chest-bumping an offensive lineman on the sideline after a two-point conversion. He was then called after a teammate chest-bumped him in the end zone after scoring on a 63-yard touchdown run — his only carry of the game.

Broad Run plans to appeal the penalties, Coach Mike Burnett said.

The Spartans received four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for celebrations after the first three touchdowns of the game, all in the first quarter. Video showed the flags were drawn by seemingly innocuous chest-bumps, three of which were near or on the Broad Run sideline.

“Unsportsmanlike conduct is if [the celebration] is excessive, if it’s choreographed,” said Dennis Hall, commissioner of the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association. “I’d have to see the play in question to say why that one was [flagged]. It comes under a number of issues.”

In accordance with Virginia High School League rules, Peeler was ejected from the game for receiving the two penalties and could be suspended one game. Because Broad Run has a bye to close the regular season and received a first-round bye in the regional playoffs, Peeler would miss the regional semifinal on Nov. 20.

An appeal would involve Hall and the principals of both schools, and requires video evidence of the infraction. The decision to overturn the calls must be unanimous.
“We don’t support our officials if they’re wrong,” Hall said. “Anything that can be done we try to do as correctly as possible.”

Peeler is second in the area with 1,618 yards and 18 touchdowns on 179 carries this season.

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 31, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , Broad Run  
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Comments

Loudoun County played Broad Run the previous week. I'm a County parent and I thought that Broad Run overly celebrated everything - on one of their first downs, one of the linemen danced around as if it were the scoring play in the super bowl. Yet, it was County who got the penalty for excessive celebration when we recovered a fumble in the torrential downpour. The player jumped out of the scrum with the ball and the flag came out.
I think if you look at the video alone you may think that Peeler's call was arbitrary, but I'm guessing that the refs on the field got tired of all of the bumps and celebration when a 10-0 team was beating a 3-7 team by a score of 47-7.

Posted by: TuscaroraBob | November 1, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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