You could call the football team at Fairfield Ludlowe High (Fairfield, Conn.) lucky, but this bizarre catch-and-run touchdown is more than luck. It also employs ample hand-eye coordination and foot sped and a variety of other athletic skills.
Who are we kidding. None of this happens without a ridiculous string of three lucky bounces.
As reported by the Fairfield Minuteman and dug up by Deadspin, Fairfield Ludlowe was facing off against FCIAC rival Harding High (Bridgeport, Conn.) and found itself trailing 31-29 in the fourth quarter. On a designed pass play for wide receiver Mike Arman, Ludlowe quarterback Matt White dropped back and sent on a bullet for Arman.
The pass was a good one, but was just out of Arman's reach, bouncing off his fingertips and up into the air. From there the ball took an additional deflection off a Harding defender and then bounced off the face mask of Arman's teammate, Patrick O'Leary.
Incredibly, Arman had stuck with the play and found himself in precisely the right position to pull in the third deflection, caught the live ball in stride and took off the for the end zone. The resulting touchdown gave Ludlowe a 35-31 win to cap off the school's homecoming festivities.
"The ball tipped, I was just there, and I got it and kept running," Arman told the Minuteman. "I didn’t realize what had happened until I got to the sideline; I was just in shock."
The victory improved Ludlowe to 3-1 on the season, a mark which qualifies as the best in school history (the campus has been open for fewer than 10 years). The team has earned that record with plenty of hard work and discipline, and now it can add a major dash of luck to that mix as well.
"It’s a fun thing to be involved in," Arman told the Minuteman.
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