Of all the trick plays that have captured the nation's attention over the past 30 days, none may be more subtly deceptive than the one you see directly below, as captured on video by MaxPreps.
The school which orchestrated the unlikely touchdown here is North Penn High (Lansdale, Pa.), which used the stunt in a District 1 Class AAAA playoff matchup against Coatesville High (Coatesville, Pa.). As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, North Penn was holding a narrow 3-0 lead with time ticking away in the second quarter, when coach Dick Beck called for his team's "sneak attack" play, which it had been honing in practice all season.
North Penn was just inches away from a first down when it called the play, and lined up in a bunched formation that gave the impression that it would be running a straight forward quarterback sneak or power run up the middle to earn a new set of downs.
Instead, the team used a direct snap to running back Kris Atkins, who seemed to receive the ball without anyone else knowing. The line broke and as Coatesville defenders launched themselves over the line in an attempt to stuff any forward progress for a ball carrier, Atkins instead took a step back and then lofted a pass to tight end Connor Gill, who sprinted straight ahead after breaking through the middle of the line.
Gill caught the pass seamlessly and made his way to the end zone before he was finally tackled by a Coatesville defender as he slipped over the goal line.
The touchdown helped North Penn to a 10-0 halftime lead, which in turn propelled the squad to a 31-0 upset of third-seeded Coatesville, which never recovered from the shock score.
The one person who wasn't surprised by the play's success? The man who called it.
"[It] works nine times out of 10," Beck told the Inquirer.
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