This week's reminder that you should always play to the whistle comes from University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.), which watched Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport) score a wild touchdown on an apparent incomplete pass in a state quarterfinal game on Friday. Evangel Christian Academy would go on to win, 52-45.
In the video above, Evangel quarterback Dakota Duron throws a pass to Trent Taylor, who appears to lose control of the ball as soon as he's hit. After what he figures is a harmless incompletion, University Lab defensive back Jarrod Franklin picks up the loose ball and prepares to toss it to the referee.
Before Franklin realizes that the whistle never blew and that the referee ruled the play a catch and fumble, Taylor snatches the ball out of his hands and races 70 yards for a touchdown.
Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.
Miracle at Maury
We respectfully disagree that it's "one of the most incredible TD catches in HS history," as the YouTube description claims, but James Monroe (Va.) receiver She'mar Ellis' grab in the back of the end zone in double-overtime was pretty. The Yellow Jackets defeated Kettle Run, 37-30, in triple-overtime in the Division 3 state semifinal.
Manatee Flips Central
The top-ranked Hurricanes didn't have any trouble with Fort Pierce Central, but this touchdown in a 51-0 playoff win required a little extra effort.
Christian McCaffrey's dad, Ed McCaffrey, was one of John Elway's favorite targets with the Denver Broncos. The Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) star running back shows he can get after the QB on defense as well.
MaxPreps has footage of a last-second Hail Mary that lifted Pompton Lakes (N.J.) to a win over Saddle Brook in the North I Group I semifinals.