Major SoCal rivalry game ends with wild 40-yard Hail Mary winner

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Each year, Servite High (Anaheim, Calif.) and Orange Lutheran (Orange County, Calif.) face off in a game that goes a long way toward determining which of the two are legitimate state title contenders. The 2013 edition was no different, with Servite pulling out a narrow 20-19 victory.

While the result pushed Servite to 5-3, just one game off Orange Lutheran’s 6-2 mark, it was the manner in which Servite won that earned most of the headlines, with the wonderfully named Equanimeous St. Brown (Name of the Year candidate, anyone?) pulling in a 40-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Travis Waller with no time remaining, handing the Friars the stunning win.

The pass was a good one, but St. Brown really did all the work. The 6-foot-5 wide receiver out-jumped three different Orange Lutheran defensive backs to pull in the grab, sending the Servite players and fans into complete delirium.

St. Brown was among those leading the celebrations, for good reason.

Afterward, Waller said he never had any doubts that his teammate would come down with the game-defining play.

"I just looked up, I prayed, I closed my eyes," Waller told the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't see the referee put up the touchdown signal. Then I saw everyone cheering on our side.
"I told my team, 'We're going to win this game no matter what.’ I’ve never seen a play like that in all my years playing football, so it was truly amazing."

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