Peach County sends letter of appeal to GHSA after controversial call
THOMASTON, Ga. -- Peach County High School officials are appealing a controversial call that happened during Friday's AAA state championship football game against Calhoun High.
Peach County High School Principal Dr. Ken Hartley hand delivered the letter of appeal to the Georgia High School Association's Thomaston office Monday morning.
The same letter was sent to the GHSA via email on Sunday.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Peach County looked to complete a pass on fourth down and eight to move the chains and get a first down. However, one official saw differently and called the play an incomplete pass, forcing a turnover on downs and handing Calhoun the ball. A touchdown would have given Peach County a 13-10 lead with three minutes remaining.
Peach County ended up losing the game 10-6.
The play has since garnered national attention and an online petition to overturn the call has collected over 11,000 signatures.
WGXA has reached out to both the Georgia Football Officials Association and the GHSA for comment. Neither have responded.
Hartley confirmed to WGXA that no one from the GHSA has responded to his letter either.