We take a break from our regularly scheduled slate of college football games and highlights to show you the play that had everyone talking on Thanksgiving Day.
This was not a play that occurred in the matchup between Texas A&M and LSU, though the work of Tigers backup running back Derrius Guice in rewriting the LSU record book was something to behold. Nor was it from the NFLs traditional Dallas Cowboys or Detriot Lions Turkey Day games (or the less traditional random-game-thrown-together-on-Thanksgiving-Night™ contest).
Instead, it was in a high school football game in Massachusetts between Lynn English and Lynn Classical. Just what we all expected right?
The drama started after a late touchdown and two-point conversion put English up 20-15 with virtually no time left on the clock. All the school had to do was kick off the ball and play some special teams defense to win the game. The team succeeded and the fans rushed the field to celebrate. The only problem was that English was offsides on the kickoff, so the team had to rekick the ball once the crowd had been cleared from the field.
This was not a problem, though, just play good special teams defense again and pick up the rivalry win. Except that this time the play happened very differently as the initial return man danced around the field, throwing in a fake reverse for good measure, before lateraling the ball to teammate Marcus Rivera who looked odds on to be tackled at his own 5-yard line. Rivera though managed to break that first tackle attempt, then side step a couple more. He then picked up some blocks and outraced the coverage unit down the sideline for an 83-yard touchdown to give Classical the win with time expired on the clock.
The takeaway here for college fans is to never count your chickens until the game is over (mixed metaphor for the win). Rushing the field then losing a game is crazy enough at the high school level, but imagine if something similar were to happen in the games between Ohio State and Michigan or Arizona and Arizona State this weekend.
Always be sure the game is over folks.