Of all the ways to win a game on a final play, few are more out of left field than the play designed by Olympus High (Salt Lake City, Utah) against Springville High (Springville, Utah). What makes it all the more incredible is that it actually worked.
With the game deadlocked at 37, Olympus had the ball on its own 40-yard-line with just 11 seconds remaining in the Class 4A playoffs. As reported in detail by the Deseret News, Olympus quarterback Chase Manning started by completing a pass for 15 yards to receiver Spencer Williams. Before Williams was tackled, he flipped the ball to Connor Haller, who then cut upfield as the third leg of a traditional hook-and-ladder play.
Yet Haller couldn't make it all the way to the end zone himself. Luckily he had another wingman coming up on his side, with running back Coleman Meier perfectly placed to receive a second hook-and-ladder style pitch. Meier took off up the sideline and outran the remainder of the stunned Springville defense to earn a huge six-point playoff victory with no time remaining.
"We practice it all the time and it just worked perfectly," Meier told the Deseret News. "I just saw the end zone and went for it as hard as I could. ... It was a team effort and it feels amazing."
Olympus' next foe in the playoffs will be Logan High (Logan, Utah). It seems unlikely that Logan will face the likes of Olympus' "Ace flipper option" play in the tussle, though the double hook-and-ladder might be represented by a different name.
"I guess we need to find a better name for it than just 'ace flipper option,'" [Olympus coach Aaron] Whitehead said. "Maybe Zeus' revenge? Maybe the Urban express because it reminds me of something coach Urban Meyer would run out of the spread? I really don't know what name we could give it to give it justice. ... I'm just thankful it worked and we're moving on."
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