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Portola beats Whittell in football, tempers flare

Jeremy Evans

Whittell football coach Dennis Young said Friday’s road game at Portola (Calif.) was the worst officiated game he’s ever seen. He said it was the dirtiest game he’s ever seen. And when the final whistle blew, he said the 48-6 nonleague loss to Portola wasn’t the most difficult opponent on Friday night.

“The referees cost us the football game,” Young said. “I’m not the type of person to say that, but this is the one time I am. Man to man, we were better than they were. But it’s pretty tough when it’s 16 guys against 11. There was no way we were going to win that game.”

Portola (2-2) had three touchdowns in the first half that Young said should’ve been negated because of obvious clipping or holding penalties. No flags were thrown. On one of the touchdowns, the Warriors’ Nick Tepley was speared in his spine on a block and then had to sit out the rest of the game because of the injury.

Whittell’s lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jeff Young hooked up with Zack Witt on a 57-yard pass play. Several seconds after the play had ended, Young said Witt was tackled by a Portola player and a penalty wasn’t called. He also said Portola was still throwing the ball with three minutes left in the game and also went for a two-point conversion leading by more than six touchdowns.

The chippy play continued after the final whistle. Young said he had to be restrained from getting in the referees’ faces and several shouting matches ensued.

“Portola doesn’t have any class on their football team,” Young said. “They didn’t have any sportsmanship. We played OK. I felt the team played real well. The defense did a good job. But you can’t beat the yellow flag.

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“We had three or four big offensive plays in the first half that were called back because of an illegal formation or some holding call, but nothing was ever called on them. It was that bad. It was obvious.”

Whittell (0-3) hosts Lovelock next Saturday at 2 p.m.