Trick plays on the football field are a dime a dozen. Some work; some don’t. When they do, the coach is regarded as clever, innovative, and a risk taker that believes in his team. When they don’t, the coach is looked at as unimaginative, desperate, and a risk taker that fails to comprehend his current circumstances. But there is the occasional trick play, like the one designed by Driscoll Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, that simply catches everyone off guard and results in pure football magic — and, as it happens, video gold.
Sometimes it is the design of the trick play. Sometimes it is the audacity. And sometimes it is both. Driscoll Middle School may now have the coolest, sneakiest, most audacious — and the best — trick play ever recorded. The video of the play has gone viral on YouTube and anywhere else someone can download it. It isn’t a long video, but it doesn’t have to be.
In the video, the two teams line up against each other, as is customary. Then the Driscoll Middle School center casually hands the football to the quarterback (literally hands it to him, not hiking it between his legs), who has stepped up beside him. But the quarterback, instead of stopping or fading back to pass or hand off the ball, simply continues to stroll on past his offensive line, then the defensive line. As he gets a few feet into the defensive backfield, with all the ballplayers just watching him walk with the ball, he suddenly bolts for the end zone.
One lone defender, a solitary No. 19, gives chase and nearly catches the Driscoll Middle School quarterback, but a little zig-zag inside the 10-yard-line and Driscoll Middle School has a touchdown. All in all, the play took roughly 13 seconds from start to finish. (Video on Page 2.)
It is an amazing play, one that was pulled off by the sheer audacity of hoping that the other team would be more puzzled by what was happening, lulled into a watchful acceptance, than defensively reactionary to the play. It is also amazing that it worked to the degree that it did. No doubt Driscoll Middle School was simply hoping for a first down before the defense realized what was occurring and tackled the ball carrier. Instead, the quarterback not only gained yardage and scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, someone captured it all on video and made the team famous.
The Driscoll Middle School trick play video follows.