High school football has been so exciting these days. Whether the competition is better than it used to be or the players just seem to have a knack for making big plays, the game of football has been stellar at the prep level. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks took on the Warren De La Salle Pilots for a chilly primetime high school football game in Michigan. The Shamrocks have been mainstays in the Division I state championship game seemingly every year, and 2013 is no different.
Catholic Central was 6-1 heading into the game while De La Salle was 4-2 and looking to make the playoffs with another win or two. The game was tied at 14 when the Pilots took the field in the final seconds to attempt a 57-yard field goal with kicker Jake Townsley.
As we all know, high school kickers don’t have the strongest legs, nor the best accuracy, and here is the result of the attempted winning field goal with no time left and the game tied at 14:
This is probably something you have done in a video game, but have never seen in real life. Zach Bock was waiting for the presumed missed field goal at the goal line, caught the ball, and returned it all the way to the opposite endzone for the winning score with no time remaining. Catholic Central won 20-14 and extended its record to 7-1 on the year with momentum heading into the playoffs in the next couple of weeks.
The best part? Watching the excitement of the players after the winning touchdown was scored, jumping in a dogpile for the ages.
Moral of the story: never attempt a 57-yard field goal with a tied game and no time remaining. Just take a knee and send it into overtime. I bet De La Salle will never attempt this again.