The Green Bay Packers weren't the only burned by a referee's double-catch ruling this past weekend.
The Moorpark College football team's wild, back-and-forth 49-40 loss at Hancock Saturday hinged on a fourth-and-3 play with little more than two minutes left.
Quarterback Ben Conlin had just hit Brent Stevens with a 38-yard scoring strike to bring the Raiders within 42-40. The Moorpark defense was fighting to get the ball back to set up kicker Derek Kirk for a potential game-winning kick.
Hancock quarterback Brandon Jeffries' fourth-down pass was deflected into the air by Moorpark safety Steven Townsley and came down into a crowd of players.
"I timed my jump perfectly," Townsley said. "I hit the ball with my elbow pretty much. I saw the ball bounce off (a Hancock) shoulder pad and hit (Moorpark linebacker) Travis (Key).
"I saw him grab it and fall to the ground, so I laid on top of him. When he was on the bottom, he had the ball on his chest."
Yet the two teams combined to fight for the ball. Possession was not only awarded to Hancock, the spot of the ball was adjudged to have gained first-down yardage, despite it being a 3-yard gain on fourth and 3.
"The umpire wouldn't even give us the benefit of the doubt with a measurement," Moorpark coach Will Thurston said.
"We asked for a measurement," Townsley said. "It was a frustrating call."