September 15, 2010
Sometimes a player has to put himself in harm's way to make a great play. Then there are times when he doesn't realize he's putting himself in harm's way, even though that harm is an immovable object. This video fits firmly in that second category.
In the third quarter of last Friday's game between Madison (Va.) and Yorktown (Va.) high schools, Yorktown senior kicker Michael Dola booted a deep kickoff. In fact, it was a really deep kickoff, so deep that sophomore Andy McGuire, who was back to field it, didn't realize how far he'd followed the path of the ball from his original position just inside the Madison end zone.
The rest, as they say, is history. McGuire ran into the goal post at full speed, bounced off the foam upright and landed squarely on his butt. Amazingly, McGuire held on to the ball and wasn't injured on the play, returning to the game immediately.
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No, seriously, he didn't even drop the ball. That's incredible. The force of his collision with the goal post was at least equivalent to a blind-side tackle -- he was blind-sided by the goal post, after all -- and yet he held on to the football.
Both teams are back in action this weekend, with undefeated Yorktown hosting Centreville and 0-2 Madison traveling to Langley. Unfortunately for McGuire, Langley also has two stanchions on its goal posts, so he'll have to watch his positioning closely on kickoffs.
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