Usually, when a student admits to taking an illegal substance, the confession alone guarantees the end of his or her season. In the case of Bingham (Utah) High star running back Harvey Langi, the very drug test meant to confirm his guilt may have saved his senior campaign.
According to the Deseret News, Langi first admitted to smoking marijuana after he and three friends were caught trespassing at a construction site on Oct. 17. Langi admitted to using the drug when pressured by police. Then, when school officials learned of the arrest some 10 days later, they suspended Langi and a teammate who was also arrested for the rest of the season, per the pair's violation of team rules.
That's when the senior star insisted he hadn't smoked at all, and claimed he only admitted using the drug when nervous while being questioned by officers. Langi and his teammate were both administered drug tests, and both came back clean, to the surprise of the police who arrested the pair in the first place. As a result, both Langi and the other Miner player involved will get to return for the team's second round playoff matchup on Friday.
"I was at the house under construction with some friends. When the police came I was caught up in the moment and scared and did admit to the officer that I did use marijuana," Langi said in a statement to the Deseret News. "I was scared and just went with the pack. I am ashamed and I am sorry for what I did and what has happened. I am sorry for how my actions have affected Bingham High and the football team.
"The test proves that I did not smoke marijuana or take any other substances."
Langi's coach indicated the test was an open-and-shut case that saved the senior's final playoff run.
"If that test would've failed, he would've been done," Bingham coach Dave Peck told the News. "If we're fortunate enough to beat Hunter, he'll be back with us."
Langi's teammates took care of Hunter (Utah) High without trouble, shutting out the Wolverines 54-0 to earn a second round playoff matchup with Northridge (Utah) High. Thanks to the unlikely savior of a drug test, Langi will get to make sure his presence is still felt in the 2010 playoffs.