Remember during the 2002 World Series when Giants first baseman J.T. Snow grabbed his manager's son, Darren Baker, and kept him from being run over at home plate? Of course you do. It's become one of the most memorable video clips from baseball's past 15 years.
Now prep football has found the closest thing we've seen to an identical incident, and once again it involves a coach's son. Unlike Darren Baker, this time he was right where he was supposed to be, the action just came to him.
As reported in terrific detail by MaxPreps, Hickory Grove High (Hickory Grove, N.C.) assistant coach Titus Ivory had to rescue his son, Titus Ivory Jr., from a cavalcade of players from Hickory Grove and High Point Christian Academy (Charlotte, N.C.) during the teams' game on Friday night. The players came rushing off the field and on to the sideline as High Point running back Nate Degraffinraedt was forced out of bounds by chasing Hickory Grove defenders.
Degraffinraedt slid on the turf as he hit the sidelines, and was careening directly towards Ivory Jr. when his proud papa intervened. With no time to think, Ivory Sr. scooped up his son under both armpits and swung him just high enough to avoid a collision that could have left him seriously injured.
You can see the entire play as it unfolds above, thanks to MaxPreps' video service.
As quick as the move was completed, it was over, though like Snow's famous save at home, the Ivory's rescue mission is likely to be remembered for some time to come by Hickory Grove fans.
Let's see it one more time in GIF form:
Like the Giants during that fateful game 5 of the World Series, Hickory Grove emerged victorious from their face off against High Point, pulling out a 38-20 win. Hopefully the rest of the season will turn out better for Hickory Grove than the 2002 campaign did for the Giants.
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