Remember how nobody could tackle Vince Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl? And how Eli Manning somehow, miraculously eluded the grasp of Adalius Thomas twice during his Super Bowl miracle toss to David Tyree? Well, if you liked those gold-medal quarterback scrambles past, feast your eyes on this:
The elusive gunslinger you see in the clip above is Craig Billington, a Genoa-Kingston (Ill.) High School senior. The team he's running around, past, through and over is Burlington Central (Ill.) High School. We say team because, if you watch back again closely, Billington quite literally eludes the entire Burlington Central team. Yes, all 11 Burlington Central Rockets get a direct shot at the Cogs quarterback during his 28-yard scramble to pay dirt, and not a one of them could bring him down.
"I glanced to my left and I saw I had some blockers," Billington told the Chicago Sun-Times. "My line did an awesome job. I couldn't have made that play without them. They blocked for me all the way into the end zone."
"We all gave up on that play," Burlington Central running back Tre Llanes, who finished with 163 yards on 18 carries, told the Daily Herald. "We kept going at it, but he wanted it more."
The miraculous touchdown was particularly impressive because it was a game-winner for Genoa-Kingston, which is now 4-0 in 2010. In the 28-24 victory over Burlington Central, Billington ran for 142 yards on 20 carries, and he needed every single yard because of Llanes, who gave Burlington Central a 24-22 lead with an 88-yard touchdown run with 8:48 to play.
After a Genoa-Kingston turnover followed by a quick Burlington Central three-and-out, the Cogs got the ball back with less than six minutes remaining and put together a drive composed almost entirely of three miraculous plays: a 32-yard Billington quarterback scramble to start the drive, a 23-yard Billington pass which was pulled down by an incredible Mathew Volkening grab and finally, three plays later, Billington's run through the entire Burlington Central team.
"We played our hearts out but just couldn't come away with the W," Burlington Central coach Aaron Wichman told the Sun-Times. "When it came down to it they made the plays at the end and we didn't."
Something tells us that one of those plays, in particular, will be remembered a long, long time.
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