- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 hrs ago
Football players score against their own teams all the time. The first goal of this year's World Cup was an own goal. But that's the other football, i.e. soccer. It's supposed to be pretty much impossible in American football.
And yet on Friday, a South Dakota high school football team found a way. On an extra point attempt, the ball bounced off a defender's head, onto the crossbar, and through the uprights. The poor kid probably didn't know what hit him. The officials didn't even seem to know how to call it at first.
Here it is in slow motion:
Milbank High School was already trailing 37-0 in the second quarter when it happened.
According to Big Sioux Media, Dell Rapids continued to trample all over Milbank. The game ended at halftime, with Dell Rapids winning 51-0. Clearly, the Milbank kids just can't catch a break.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally16 hrs ago
The head football coach at an Arizona prep school is serving a two-week suspension for praying with his team after a recent game.
Tommy Brittain asked his son Isaiah, who is on the team, to lead his Tempe Preparatory Academy teammates in prayer after a 30-22 win over Show Low on Sept. 5, Brittain told the Arizona Republic in an email.
School policy doesn't allow any representatives of the school to initiate or participate in prayer with students.
“He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that. Just, he can’t do that with our students,” school headmaster David Baum told KPHO-TV. “He directed students to lead a prayer and he joined the students in that prayer and did so in view of everyone.”
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally20 hrs ago
Apollos Hester was pumped up. His high school football team had just rallied from a 28-14 halftime deficit – but this kid would've been pumped up whether they won or lost.
His energy is off the charts, as he showed in this postgame interview with TWC News Austin:
"All right, well, at first we started slow, we started real slow, and you know, that's all right, that's OK, because sometimes in life, you're gonna start slow. That's OK. We told ourselves, 'Hey, we're gonna start slow, we're gonna keep going fast. We're gonna start slow, but we're always, always gonna finish fast. No matter what the score was, we're gonna finish hard, we're gonna finish fast.'
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally12 days ago
We've heard of athletes behaving badly. We've heard of coaches behaving badly. And we've heard of parents behaving badly. But this strange Greater Wichita Junior Football League saga includes all three, three guns and a pair of brass knuckles.
After her son was dismissed the previous season for what was described as "a character issue" to The Wichita Eagle, a woman reportedly approached the 37-year-old coach of an eighth-grade football team and yelled at him before storming off just prior to police arriving at Linwood Park.
Arguments between parents and coaches over playing time occur on athletic fields across the country, but here's what doesn't normally result: Twenty minutes after the police left, a group of men — one allegedly brandishing a gun and another brass knuckles — came to assault the coach.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally17 days ago
The world's most coveted basketball recruit is changing uniforms and countries.
The brothers will transfer to Athlete Institute in Ontario, Canada and play there this season, guardian Ed Smith told Bossi on Friday afternoon.
Maker is the new top player on the Rivals150 list for the Class of 2016, which was released this week.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally26 days ago
Two dozen of the nation's top basketball recruits gathered in Brooklyn for the Under Armour Elite 24 basketball game this past weekend, and nobody announced his presence louder than Donovan Mitchell.
With help from a halfcourt heave of an alley-oop from Wayne (Pa.) Archbishop John Carroll High senior wing Derrick Jones, the Louisville-bound Mitchell reached back for a dunk of Vince Carter proportions.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally28 days ago
The prep football season is underway, and a pair of high school quarterbacks in Georgia set the tone for what should be another pass-happy fall with two trick plays opponents are still trying to figure out.
We'll start in Lawrenceville, Ga., where Archer High junior QB Will Bearden successfully pulled off a fake punt — exchanging the ball behind his back while avoiding a would-be tackler and reversing field to complete a 10-yard pass in the process —during a fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Bearden's behind-the-back move kept a lineman from forcing a fumble and looked cool in the process.
The referees also provided an assist, since no flag was thrown on what appears to be an illegal pass to an ineligible receiver. At least it didn't decide the game, as Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek prevailed, 21-13.
Meanwhile, in Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett senior QB John Urzua turned a wonderfully deceptive fake spike into a game-winning touchdown pass in a 52-49 upset of the state's No. 1 ranked team.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally1 mth ago
Michael Jordan made the free throw line dunk famous at the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and a quarter-century later Shelby McEwen just perfected it at Jordan's high school hoops showcase.
The little known Oxford (Miss.) High Class of 2015 recruit won this past weekend's Jordan Brand "First to Fly" Jumpman XX9 dunk contest in Las Vegas with this left-handed leap from a step behind the charity stripe, according to Slam Online and a slew of other prep dunk enthusiasts across the interwebs.
As the person screaming behind the camera said, "Oh! Ohhhhh!! OHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Of course, McEwen's post-dunk celebration dance was equally as spectacular.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally1 mth ago
It's not easy living in the late Manute Bol's shadow. The 7-foot-7 Sudanese former 76ers center was a legend on the basketball court, for sure, but he also emerged as one of the world's most generous philanthropists, starred in one of the great Saturday Night Live skits, apparently killed a lion with a spear and served as the subject of an amazing hip-hop track that featured the following lyrics.
I saw three girls walking down the mall. They stared at him. He stared back. They were Lakers cheerleaders, that's a fact. He said, "Wham, bam, thank you, ma'am, If you've got the jelly, I've got the jam."
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally3 mths ago
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association refused to reschedule a prep baseball playoff game between two teams with a combined 14 student athletes slated to take the SATs at the same time.
The decision to hold Saturday morning's Division I North semifinal game between Methuen and Chelmsford High comes from an an organization with a self-described mission to "govern, coordinate and promote education based programs for high school students." Except when it conflicts with ticket sales.
According to reports from the Boston Herald and Boston Globe, the athletic directors for both schools requested the MIAA change the originally scheduled game from Thursday to Tuesday this week because of concerns over rainstorms sweeping the Northeast. Naturally, the MIAA refused.