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Driscoll Middle School's Crazy Trick Play

Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:40 pm

So, i was listening to NPR last night and one of their football analysts basically launched into a rant about this trick play which can be seen by doing a youtube search for Driscoll Middle School. He went on and on about how unfair it was to the other team, how it was a legal play but displayed unsportsmanlike conduct because the Driscoll coach, who came up with the play basically tricked the other team into giving up a touchdown and so on and so forth, so, finally i went and watched it.

the gist of the play was:
Coach calls for a penalty from the sidelines.
Center hands the ball to the QB over his shoulder
QB takes the ball and acts like he's marking out a five yard penalty, walks straight through the defensive line then basically runs like a mofo for 67 yards, being chased by one of the defenders who almost catches him, and scores a touchdown.
IMO It was absolutely classic and it was the kind of football i grew up watching. All I have to say is "Frank (De Ford) get a life. It was what it was, a great play engineered by a coach who obviously had a lot of confidence in his young quarterback. After all, the QB was the one who ultimately had to pull it off."
Not to mention it was just plain fun to watch.

So, have you seen the video? What do you think?
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RE: Driscoll Middle School's Crazy Trick Play

Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:55 pm

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RE: Driscoll Middle School's Crazy Trick Play

Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:09 pm

I thought that play was the funniest bloody thing I've seen in sports for a while. The quarterback did a great job selling it, in some respects, I wish there were more plays like it, but of course I can see the other side thinking it was unfair.
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RE: Driscoll Middle School's Crazy Trick Play

Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:49 pm

While I think the video is awesome and I've watched it at least 10 times (the kid did such a good job selling it, then the little kid tried to run him down and spontaneously fell at the end, then the qb gets knocked to the ground by his bigger teammate--in all, it's a classic), unfortunately it was an illegal play. According to a friend of mine,

1) The snap must be a quick and continuous motion. This was not quick, which is half the reason the defense is caught off-guard. Illegal snap.

2) The quarterback is either moving forward at the snap, or has not been set for one full second. Illegal motion or shift.

3) Under NFHS rules, the quarterback is legally a lineman. The ball must touch the ground or a back before it may touch an offensive lineman for the snap to be legal. Illegal snap (again). This game is under NCAA rules, though.

4) On top of all that, this is considered unsportsmanlike conduct and is a 15-yard penalty from the previous spot. (Lots of people will argue this, but that is what the rules interpreters have stated. Regardless, this play isn't even technically legal.)
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RE: Driscoll Middle School's Crazy Trick Play

Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:15 am

Well it certainly made me laugh.
Makes me wonder how well it would have worked for my team back when I used to play.

Illegal play or not, you have to admire their spirit.

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