Prep Rally

  • QB gets tough reminder that football doesn't end when the clock runs out

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally17 hrs ago

    Most sports end when the clock ticks down to zero. Football is not one of them. The coach in Maple Mountain, Utah, says he's been preaching this all season, and on Tuesday night all that preaching paid off.

    Spanish Fork (Utah) led Maple Mountain 14-11 with 3.2 seconds to play. The quarterback took the snap, dropped back, glanced over his shoulder to look at the clock, and watched the seconds tick away. As time ran out, he held the ball in one hand and turned his back to the play.

    A local sportscaster had the call in the first highlight here: 

    The Maple Mountain Golden Eagles kept playing, stripping the ball from the unexpecting QB's hand, recovering the fumble and sprinting 25 yards to the endzone for the touchdown and the win. 

    By the time the QB realized what was happening and chased down Maple Mountain's Brandon Beebe, Beebe was already in the endzone. 

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  • In wake of tragic shooting, Seahawks invite H.S. teams to practice

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally21 hrs ago

    The Seattle Seahawks showed their support Tuesday afternoon for a high school football team reeling from tragedy. 

    “The Seahawks really rolled out the red carpet for us and did a great job of taking care of us today,” Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) coach Brandon Carson told the Everett Herald. “We're really appreciative of them. It was really great. It was really helpful.”

    Last Friday, a freshman on the Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) football team walked into the school cafeteria with a gun, killing one girl and critically wounding four others before fatally shooting himself. Another victim later died at the hospital. As the school community started to process what had happened, sports were, naturally, the last thing on anyone's mind.

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  • Opposing teams help dream come true for boy with disabilities

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally1 day ago

    Trailing 5-0 in a state playoff game, it was clear that the season was nearly over for the Attica (N.Y.) boys soccer team – but before that could happen, the team had a final mission. It wanted senior Cody Chesley, 17, to score a goal.

    Chesley was born with several developmental disabilities, including a form of cerebral palsy. He's been on the team all four years and started along his fellow seniors at their last home game, but he doesn't play very often.  His mother told the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle that he just loves being part of the team. But all season, he's been telling her that he just wants to score.

    When the coaches put him in the game with a few minutes left, his teammates decided to make that happen. A few of them started explaining the situation to Greece Odyssey players and asking if they'd let Chesley score. Odyssey's Devin Huussen jogged to the sideline to ask his coach if they could oblige.

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  • His leg broken in several places, H.S. runner crawls across finish line

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally13 days ago

    Connor Callihan was mere feet from the finish line at the cross-country conference championships when he suddenly stumbled. Not knowing what had happened, fans started yelling for him to get up, to finish the race.

    But standing was completely out of the question: Callihan's right leg had snapped, his tibia breaking in three places.

    “His leg was in a way nature didn’t intend it to be,” his coach said in an interview with Greenville Online. “This went from an admirable effort to something totally different.”

    He couldn't get up, but he could finish. Callihan, a junior at Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., crawled the last five feet. He crossed the line in searing pain.

    “This was my last race of the year,” he said Tuesday. “I just had to finish for my team. I just had to.”

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