In a “Hail Mary” type move on Friday, a small town High School game went viral for a last second lateral play that illuminated what is so fun and awesome about football.
You’re not going to believe the end of the Hillcrest win over Wetumpka. pic.twitter.com/ulmOKUVcOt
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 12, 2020
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa trailed Wetumpka 30-28 with 2.9 seconds left on its own 41-yard line when coach Sam Adams called for a play the Patriots run every week during practice.
The play “Bronco” is named after Adams saw Boise State run a similar scramble play years earlier.
The play started with quarterback Ethan Crawford passing in the left flats to running back Marcus Wilkins. Nine laterals later, Crawford picked up a fumbled ball and ran untouched the final 46 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“We practice something that kind of looked like that every Thursday,” Adams said. “If it’s a fumble and the other team picks it up, we’re behind anyway so it doesn’t matter. Our guys did a good job of doing what they were coached to do and staying behind each other.”
The play didn’t go unnoticed as it went viral immediately.
This is why we love football!!!
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) September 12, 2020
Also involved in the play after Wilkins included Terrance Callaway, AJ Myers and Caleb Robbins. Crawford touched the ball four times on the play, including the final run down the right sideline for a touchdown.
“We try to keep the ball alive and somehow get it clear to run in the end zone,” Adams said. “Obviously, there is some luck in that.”
Adams said the play has been tried about seven times in his seven years with the team.
“We never had it play out like that,” Adams said. “I don’t even know what to say. After it was all over with, there was pandemonium.”
Crawford had another rushing touchdown and also passes for three scores for the Patriots (4-0).