Meet L.J. Scott. The Harding High (Marion, Oh.) senior and Louisville commit is ranked in the top 50 RB’s in the nation. And he is a beast, who I’m sure will be a much welcomed weapon added to Teddy Bridgewater’s arsenal. But that is what the future holds, let’s take a look at the ridiculous penalty he received for simply just being better than everyone else.
If you were as mesmerized as I was by the play at first, then you might not have noticed the flag get thrown after he jumped over one defender and ran through two others like they were 5th graders. So why was Scott penalized for this play? Well, apparently official rules in Ohio and a variety of other states hold that an athlete is not allowed to leap over a defender unless that defender is already heading toward the turf. Which is easily the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You might as well start flagging guys for “being too fast” or “being to strong” or “throwing the ball too far”. Literally makes zero sense. Although the touchdown got called back, Harding did eventually go on to win the game by a touchdown, but this rule needs to be changed in Ohio, and every other state its in. It’s simply incredulous. Figure it out guys.