Bob Kelly and his Mariposa football team shouldn't be loading into a bus today and traveling down the mountain to Newman for the second time in five days.
I imagine Kelly and his players would rather be focusing their attention on this week's opponent, which happens to be an undefeated Livingston team.
However, Livingston will have to wait.
First, Mariposa must finish last Friday's game against Orestimba.
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In a wild scene, the game was stopped after two overtimes with the score tied at 14.
Why did the game abruptly end?
Simply put, the referees wanted to go home.
Unbelievable only begins to describe it.
"Disbelief," Kelly said. "That's the reaction I got when I tried to tell people what happened. Nobody who knows anything about sports could believe it.
"It was crazy. Anybody who knows high school football knows we don't have ties anymore."
Imagine the guts this crew had to just walk away. Or the lack of stones.
They left behind two teams, a stand full of fans and two angry coaches who wanted to see the game finished.
It took some persuading from Kelly and Orestimba coach Aaron Souza just to get the boys in stripes to hang around for the first two overtimes.
The zebras were ready to call it a night at the end of regulation.
Is it really too much to ask the officials -- who are paid to be there -- to know the rules?
The Sac-Joaquin Section implemented a rule in 2006 that all football games, including nonconference games, that end in a tie will be played out to a conclusion, with a winner and a loser, using the 10-yard line overtime procedures spelled out in the National Federation Rules Book.
This isn't a new thing.
The section also went to a new playoff system last year based on total wins.
You would have thought that might have convinced the white hat and his merry men the game should have played on.
Apparently not one person in this officiating crew knew the rule or bothered to look it up.
"You've got to assume that none of the five (referees) knew the rule," said Sac-Joaquin Section commissioner Pete Saco. "That's bizarre to say the least.
"These guys must have worked in our section for a number of years. It bothers me that none of them knew the rule or none of them are keeping up with our section's playoff system."
None of it makes sense.
Why did the referees agree to do two overtimes and then decide to stop the game?
"That makes even less sense than not playing any overtime at all," Saco said.
By their actions, you have to assume this particular group is out there to collect a check.
I hope they forfeited Friday's game check to pay for Mariposa's transportation costs to make the trip back to Newman.
Kelly estimates it costs the school roughly $400 to $500 to rent a bus and transport the football team.
With budgets being as tight as they are, Mariposa doesn't have the funds to cover an extra road game.
The two teams will be finishing the game today at 6 p.m. at Orestimba High. According to Kelly the same officiating crew will be out there again. Talk about awkward.
The game will restart in the third overtime, presumably following a coin toss to decide which team starts on defense and offense.
Hopefully the crew brushed up on their overtime rules over the weekend.
"Most (referees) care about it," Kelly said. "They try to get it right. This was the worst of the worst."
Kelly's done griping.
Now he just wants to make the best of the situation.
Saco is allowing the two teams to practice together after the conclusion of the game if they want since both teams are forced to burn a day of practice with tonight's continuation.
"We've got to get the most out of this situation," Kelly said. "It doesn't do any good to sit and whine or moan about it.
"Why it happened is out of our hands. We did everything we could. Now if we could get the most out of it that would be great. It would be nice to get a win. But we need to use this opportunity to get better.
"There's no bad blood between us and Orestimba. I hope we can knock heads a little more after the game."
Let's hope this time there is an end to the game.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at email@example.com.