A public high school quarterback in upstate New York was penalized for raising his right hand toward the sky to thank God after he scored a long touchdown run to put his team down by one point at a crucial moment in the game. In the final minutes of the first half of Mexico High School’s regular season finale at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High, Mexico junior quarterback Dante Turo, a devout Christian, exploded through the middle for a 73-yard run for a touchdown that brought the Tigers within one point of tying the game going into halftime. As Turo crossed the goal line to give him his second touchdown of the game, he pointed toward the sky for a couple seconds to give honor to God for giving him the ability to make such a play. Soon after, the referee in the end zone threw

a yellow penalty flag and gave Turo and the Tigers a 15-yard penalty, which was assessed on the following extra point attempt. The referee claimed that Turo’s gesture to God was taunting, therefore worthy of an uns “I was just trying to give glory to God,” Turo told Syracuse.com after the game. After being penalized 15-yards on the ensuing extra-point attempt, the Tigers felt forced to try for a long two-point conversion. The Tigers failed to reach the end zone on the conversion attempt and went into the halftime down by one point, instead of tied. As the Tigers lost by a score of 33-31, the extra 15 yards assessed on the two-point attempt after Turo’s run could potentially have been the difference in the game. FULL REPORT