Johnny Johnson Jr. will back on the field Friday for the Rams after officials reversed a call from last week. Photo by William Lange

Senior wide receiver and team captain Johnny Johnson Jr.’s suspension from Friday’s game against Shadow Mountain has been lifted after an interpretation request for the “Taunting and Excessive Celebration” rule was submitted by Maricopa High School.

Upon further review, the officials felt the rule was misapplied in the situation, and the flag should not have been thrown during the game.

“I received an email from the Commissioner of Officials and he stated the officials felt that the ‘Taunting and Excessive Celebration’ rule was misapplied in that game, and by rule, the flags should not have been thrown,” MHS Athletic Director Mark Cisterna said. “There was not an appeal of the ejection, by Maricopa only an interpretation request.”

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