There is never a bad time to return an opening kickoff for a touchdown. Still, no special teams touchdown could be considered a better omen than the one run back for a score by the Spring Hill (Tenn.) Summit High Spartans on Aug. 19 against Clarksville (Tenn.) Northwest High.
There's a good reason for that acclaim, too: As documented by the Spring Hill Advertiser News and WC-TV, which provided the video you see below, that touchdown came on the first play in Summit High's football history.
The player who turns on the jets Josh Cribbs style after finding a seam in the video above is Summit sophomore Phillip Shearry, who ensured that the program's special teams would go down as the first major contributor to the Spartan cause.
"I got two great blocks and then it was just wide open," Shearry told the Advertiser News. "It was amazing. I'm speechless right now."
Unfortunately for Summit, the rest of the program's inaugural game didn't go quite as swimmingly. Clarksville Northwest senior running back T.J. Wofford proved far too experienced and determined for the Summit defense, amassing 229 yards and four touchdowns in a commanding performance as the Vikings rolled to a 34-12 victory on the road.
Still, that final score could hardly damper the excitement of what can only be considered one of the best first plays for a program ever.
"It was intense," Shearry told the Advertiser News of playing in his school's first-ever game. "It was just unbelievable."