In the entire catalogue of fake punt plays, most revolve around a punter either scrambling for his life or rolling out and trying to launch a pass downfield. Either of those options rely upon the athleticism and decision making of a punter, a player who often isn't on the field all that much.
One Texas team discovered a unique way to avoid that dilemma by calling a fake punt, then pretending to execute one fairly traditional fake with a twist, then running another instead.
A fake fake punt with a twist? Only in Texas.
The play that you see above was turned in by Pasadena High (Pasadena, Tx.) in a Houston-area face off against Texas City High (Texas City, Tx.). On fourth down on the Texas City 44-yard-line, Pasadena lined up in traditional punt formation. Then, when the punter called for a snap, the ball instead went to the up man.
That's when things got complicated. The first ball carrier -- Ashton Sessum -- bent over and appeared to hand the ball to a second runner directly behind him. That runner then appeared to hand the ball to a man crashing back in, completing a reverse on a fake punt.
The key word in the previous paragraph is "appeared" because, as it turns out, the ball never left Sessum's hands at all. Instead, Sessum was hiding the ball in his grip, and no one from Texas City made contact with him after he initially received the ball.
As soon as would-be tacklers flocked to the man who was set up as the final recipient of the quick motion movement, the Eagles speedster took off in a straight jail break sprint for the end zone, cutting back to elude one tackler and then slashing his way through the rest of the Texas City defense.
The innovative touchdown was the lone bright spot for the Eagles in a long night in Texas City; the Stingers eventually won the matchup 49-7. At least Sessum's score gave Pasadena a great memory to ruminate on after a blowout loss.
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