If you haven't ever been to a six-man football game, you haven't really lived. If you like watching teams score 70 or more points -- sometimes in a loss -- all while as few as eight high school athletes run marathon distances on a field, well, six-man football is your game.
Take the video above as case-in-point. Waco Live Oak (Texas) Classical School faced off against Azle Christian (Texas) in a matchup of six-man powerhouses. With less than one minute remaining and the game tied 61-61 -- yes, that's 122 combined points in a regulation game -- Azle Christian got the ball with a chance to win.
The Fighting Crusaders proceeded to march down the field on a drive that at one point included three consecutive halfback pass attempts (only one was complete for a big gain) and, eventually, a desperation, 30-yard heave to the end zone.
That desperation heave landed in the hands of a Live Oak defender, who held on for an interception that gave Live Oak the ball at the 20 with 10 seconds left. On first down, Live Oak tried a screen pass that went absolutely nowhere and ate up six seconds. That left the Falcons with four seconds to travel 80 yards.
In most organizational football, the defensive set-up for such a scenario is pretty simple: You put out a prevent defense and just make sure that the final lateral lands in the hands of one of your players or an opponent who's already on the ground. No sweat.
In six-man football, the field is so spread out that it's completely impossible to play a "prevent" defense. With that in mind, the screen pass to the left flank that Live Oak ran on the final play actually did provide a realistic chance to win, and it worked. The close receiver caught the ball, broke three tackles up field and then sprinted for the end zone as exhausted Azle Christian defenders collapsed in his wake ... literally.
Naturally, the precision on both sides of the ball wasn't the best you'll see this year, but the heart is absolutely undeniable. Players on both sides of the ball were desperately panting between plays, trying to catch their breath. You can hardly blame them, after running up all those points to set up the dramatic final minute.
Guess it's just a good thing none of them had the physique of traditional offensive linemen.