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Prep football: Appeal turned down on Valencia's Wilson

Valencia junior will not be able to play in Friday's CIF title game

Posted: December 2, 2013 11:35 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2013 11:35 p.m.

Valencia High safety Jay Jay Wilson, right, hits Saugus Saugus' Timmy Kahovec on Friday night at Canyon High School. Wilson was flagged and ejected for the play.

Valencia High junior Jay Jay Wilson will not be able to play in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game against Hart after the officials from the game turned down an appeal from Valencia High Athletic Director Brian Stiman.

Wilson was ejected from Friday’s CIF-SS Northern Division semifinal against Saugus at Canyon High after a hit on Saugus wide receiver Timmy Kahovec.

Wilson, who is one of the Foothill League’s best all-around players and hardest hitters, was flagged for the hit that left Kahovec down for about five minutes. The Vikings safety was ejected for it.

Because of the ejection, he is automatically ruled out of Valencia’s next game based on Southern Section Blue Book rule 1927 and he can’t attend the game.

That game is the Northern Division championship against Hart and Wilson’s loss could make a big impact on the contest.

“I feel really strongly it was a good, clean hit, and I also believe in Jay Jay as a person and like him quite a bit as a person,” said Stiman, who was Valencia’s first-ever head varsity football coach. “I felt it was necessary and something I had to do for him because I thought it was a good, clean football play. For him to be ejected, especially with the upcoming game. I thought that was a very difficult thing for him or any player to deal with.”

Stiman spent the weekend trying to appeal, first contacting the Southern Section office.

In order for the suspension to be overturned, the “targeting” penalty would have to be rescinded by the official who made the call.

Stiman said the official viewed the video and photos and refused to overturn the call.

From photographs and video given to The Signal, the hit appears to be clean.

Targeting, Stiman said he has learned, can be interpreted many different ways and doesn’t necessarily mean a helmet-to-helmet hit.

It could also mean a hit against a defenseless player.

Stiman said he believes the officials didn’t decide the penalty was for targeting until after they conferred on the field a couple of minutes after the play.

The ensuing aftermath made the scene look worse.

After the play, Wilson celebrated the hit which then led to Saugus coaches and players rushing onto the field in anger.

Stiman points out, though, that Wilson was never flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

After the game, Saugus head coach Jason Bornn said he had no comment about his coaches’ and players’ reaction to the play.

He was clearly agitated by the play itself, though.

The Centurions were flagged for unsportsmanlike penalties for their actions.

Stiman said he doesn’t condone what Wilson did, but said Wilson, an excitable player, was a little overexuberant like a lot of high school kids in the heat of the moment.

On the same field two weeks earlier, an Arroyo Grande player was flagged for making a hand gesture for putting someone to sleep after Valencia wide receiver Ethan Yoo was hit hard.

That player was flagged for a personal foul.

Valencia coaches, players and Stiman said they are afraid that people are misjudging the kind of person Wilson is based off the incident.

“He’s a great kid and he’s being cast the wrong way,” was Valencia head coach Larry Muir’s comment on the incident.


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