On Friday, Mahwah High (Mahwah, N.J.) edged rival Westwood High (Westwood, N.J.), 24-20, to remain undefeated. The final Mahwah touchdown came with 1:15 remaining in the game, but the one that changed the game came earlier, and was much more controversial.
As chronicled by the Bergen Record and other New Jersey outlets, Mahwah somehow turned a Westood interception deep in Westwood territory into an unlikely touchdown in the third quarter.
Here's how the Record described the pivotal play:
Westwood's Craig Carmilani intercepted a long throw down the sideline in front of the Mahwah bench. He clearly caught the ball, was down on a knee and got up and put the ball on the ground. But the play wasn’t whistled dead.
A.J. Cosgrove alertly picked up the ball and went 26 yards for a touchdown that turned a 12-7 deficit into a 14-12 lead.
You can see the unique touchdown in the video above, with Cosgrove waiting a split second before picking up the ball and racing to the end zone for one of the season's most heads-up scores.
After the final whistle, Mahwah coach Jeff Remo admitted that his team may have encountered a lucky break, but he insisted that the good fortune was brought on by his team's work ethic.
"We were lucky, no doubt, but hard work creates luck," Remo told the Record. "And this team worked hard all week and all game."
The team worked hard, and one player in particular made sure to keep playing until the whistle. Both Cosgrove and Mahwah as a squad deserve praise as a result.