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OKLAHOMA CITY - The touchdown turmoil is now over and the call stands in the Douglass-Locust Grove football game.

OSSAA officials say there will be changes in the future, but nothing that will affect tomorrow's semi-final game.

The organization wants to assure all teams that officials are working to make sure each call is as fair as possible.

"I'm not excusing what they did, but I'm also not being ignorant to the fact that we don't get all the calls right," Mike Whaley, OSSAA assistant director, says. "Obviously in this particular case, the training wasn't as intense or as remembered, as we would have like for it to be."

He says officials undergo rigorous training before they even get to a playoff game.

They get evaluations from coaches, must take multiple tests and have games of similar rigor under their belts.

"Can we get better at this? Sure we can! Can we get better as far as getting all of them right, getting all the calls right, and all that kind of stuff? We sure can," Whaley said.

Now, Whaley wants to make sure teams playing Friday night trust the refs in charge.

"They will be trying to work the perfect game because that's the kind of folks we've attracted in officiating in our state," Whaley says.

At practice today, the Heritage Hall Chargers were only focused on winning the game.

"We've been playing pretty good football so far, we're not worried about officiating," Connor McGinnis, the Heritage Hall quarterback, says.

They have no doubts in the OSSAA.

"Things happen at a game and you just got to move on," Andy Bogart, Heritage Hall head coach, says.

OSSAA says there will be changes.

"You stop, reevaluate, tweak and try to make it better to go forward, so is this going to stay the same without any adjustments? No," Whaley said.

OKCPS says they would just like to see officials carrying rules books on the field.

The Locust Grove-Heritage Hall game kicks off tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Sapulpa.

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