Didn't read the story but have gotten the gist of what happened. I don't really know how sports games work though.
But I'm surprised it's not possible for the winning team to just call an end to the game when it's obvious they're better and they're blowing the other team out of the water. Halftime would have been the appropriate time for that to happen. Second half shouldn't have even happened.
Is it always the losing team that has to call the game off and forfeit it?