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Los Alamitos wide receiver Makai Lemon will be eligible to play Friday against Servite after referees have rescinded his ejection for two unsportsmanlike penalties in a game last week, officials said Wednesday.
The USC commit was flagged for unsportsmanlike penalties after both his first-quarter touchdown catches against Basha of Arizona and ejected in the Griffins’ 33-28 loss at Westminster High on Saturday.
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules call for football players who receive two unsportsmanlike penalties to be disqualified from the game and suspended for the next game but the Orange County Football Officials Association rescinded the ejection, stated Thom Simmons, CIF-SS assistant commissioner and spokesperson.
“Individual umbrella organizations, units and member officials may rescind ejections at their discretion,” Simmons wrote in an email Wednesday. “That is what has occurred here and the section office has been informed of such by the Orange County Football Officials Association.”
Los Alamitos athletic director Richard Smith said Lemon would be eligible to play against Servite. The game is scheduled for Veterans Stadium in Long Beach at 7:30 p.m.
Lemon has been sizzling in his connection with quarterback Malachi Nelson, who also is committed to USC.
In Week 1, Lemon broke Jeremy Childs’ 2004 school record for receptions in a game with 18 against nationally-ranked American Heritage of Florida in a game broadcast live on ESPN2. He also caught three touchdowns in the 56-27 loss and had two other scores called back by penalties.
Lemon received his unsportsmanlike penalties last week after spinning the football on the turf following his first score and pointing at a defender on his second touchdown.
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