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Questionable Call Steals Big Time Win from McMahon


The QB rolls out on 4th and 20, “He’s gonna look in the endzone. And it’s caught!” Darien’s media and announcer team (DAF Media) states. With 5 minutes and 31 seconds left into the 4th Quarter Darien scores, followed by a field goal, securing a 7-point lead over the Senators.

Enraged by the call, the Brien McMahon football team went straight to social media. What should’ve been a turnover on downs gave Darien the win in what would’ve been the tightest game of the season.

McMahon’s defense shut Darien’s FCIAC renowned past championship winning offense down. Only allowing 2 touchdowns in the first 40 minutes was an unheard of feat in the recent history of McMahon football. 

McMahon is returning multiple high caliber players this year making the future of the 2023 seasons look very bright; Jaheim Daniels (All-FCIAC second team RB), Jermel Bynum (All-State WR), Jonathan Angione (All-FCIAC second team RB), Lucas Silva, Pablo Gomez, Adrian Vega, Emerald Charles, and Eamon Boyle. All of these players have been starting since their sophomore season. 

Darien was considered one of the harder teams that this intriguing McMahon squad had to face this season. Having this win in their pockets would have been an immense aid in making the playoff contention. All of this was impacted by one call.

In the past Darien’s sports has been accused of paying the refs in order to give them an advantage multiple times. New Canaan, the school’s rival, has reported multiple cases of this to the FCIAC. However, nothing has been done to regulate Darien’s cheating. While obviously there is going to be bias, as replay technology advances High Schools such as Darien need to be closely regulated. 

Starting Running Back and Captain Jaheim Daniels stated, “The call was disappointing, I played my heart out only to get let down by the refs.” 

Not only did this happen against Darien, the refs McMahon had to face at their opener against Amity also made many questionable calls. Taking back three touchdowns and giving a fumble recovery to the opposing team. This stunted what could’ve been a shutout, the first in many past years of McMahon Football. 

McMahon faces Manchester this week at home at 7 o’clock. The next few games are expected wins or better yet needed wins. We hope to see you there!


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Alex Anderson, Writer

My name is Alex if you couldn't tell. I'm a junior at Brien McMahon High School. I play football and baseball, and I also wrestle. I'm doing social media.

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