Backed up at its own 6-yard line against Sparrows Point, the Kenwood coaching staff wanted to take no chances.
"We wanted to punch it out on the ground," said the Bluebirds coach, Fred Myers. "And we told [quarterback] Jesse DeBord that."
But DeBord saw split end Joe Gray signal that he was going to run a fly pattern, then saw Gray change his pattern and get open after the snap. DeBord flipped a short sideline pass to his receiver, who eluded a couple of tacklers and started tightroping toward the far end zone.
The last Sparrows Point tackler dove at Gray, missed, and as Gray streaked in for a 94-yard touchdown that would-be tackler crashed into Myers, knocking him down.
"The kids loved it," Myers admitted.
The area's longest touchdown of the week, the coach hitting the dirt on the same play (and getting up unhurt), and a 37-28 win -- well, for a high school football team it doesn't get much better than that.
* IT WORKED SO WELL, MAYBE WE'LL DO IT AGAIN NEXT fTC WEEK: In the same game, the Pointers trailed 29-0 at halftime but never gave up. Battling back, Jamie Cook attempted an onside kick after a Sparrows Point touchdown. The ball traveled about 5 yards, then took one of those odd football bounces and started going backward. A Pointer fell on it at the 39, a yard behind where it had been kicked from.
Kenwood elected to take the ball there, was held on four downs, and Sparrows Point marched back down the field for a touchdown.
* LINEMAN'S DREAM DEPT.: Blitzing Wilde Lake defensive back Paul Knox hit Oakland Mills' emergency quarterback Gregg Washington, normally a wide receiver, and the ball went into the Scorpions' end zone. James Easterly, the Wildecats' 6-foot-5, 285-pound two-way tackle, fell on it for Wilde Lake's second touchdown in a 21-0 win.
Later, proving he isn't just a scoring machine, Easterly sacked Washington himself, forcing a fumble at Oakland Mills' 4 that led to Wilde Lake's last touchdown.
* MOUSE THAT ROARED: No. 1-ranked Wilde Lake, classified 1A (small schools) by the MPSSAA this year, is the first representative of that category ever to be top-ranked in the Baltimore area.
With its win streak at 17, now the area's longest, and on the heels of last year's state 2A championship, coach Doug DuVall's team is enabling other "little guys" to puff out their chests. And they're letting DuVall know it.
"It's neat for the small schools to see something like that happen," he said. "I've been getting a lot of calls from people about it."
* GET ME OUT OF HERE, QUICK. OOPS! Trailing 6-0 in the third quarter against Patapsco, Owings Mills' goal-line stand stopped the Patriots at the 1-foot line. Then, on its first play from scrimmage, the Eagles' quarterback pulled away from his center too soon and fumbled the snap. He fell on it in the end zone for a safety, and the Eagles went on to win 15-14 on Grant Johnson's 7-yard touchdown run and Adam Scherr's point-after kick in the week's only overtime game.