Everyone has seen football teams win a close game by making a remarkable punt return with only seconds left. However, you probably haven’t seen a team score a winning touchdown by returning a punt with another punt.
Yes, this sounds very confusing. The team receiving the punt ultimately re-punted the return to score a touchdown. Take a look at the video and see what I mean.
I know what you’re thinking, there is no way humanly possible that it was a legal play. But in Canada, the rules allow it, and the team ultimately won thanks to the punted touchdown.
The Winnipeg High School Football League rules state that once a punt travels more than 10 yards downfield, the kicking team can recover the free ball to regain possession.
This unusual rule can be used on punts and missed field goals. Once the returning team gets possession they can kick the ball to the other team resulting in a free-for-all ball, whichever team gets to it first gains possession.
The team ultimately making the irregular touchdown was from Winnipeg (Manitoba) Kelvin High. Everyone expected the return to happen as normal but the coach had a completely different agenda.
Although this is completely legal in Canadian football, they normally perform a normal punt return. This team just went out on a limb and took a huge risk.
If they wouldn’t have recovered the football then the other team would have gained possession and Kelvin would have lost the game.
Although this is quite an interesting concept, I feel like it makes the team somewhat lazy. As long as you get the ball far enough down the field, your team is going to be able to recover it because the defense is not going to expect it.
Let’s just say I don’t think this will be something the NFL will be adopting anytime soon.