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Trick plays can turn tide in football playoff games

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:02 am
by MBRer
Tricky Tricky: trick plays can turn tide in football playoff games
Fake punt helped Maine Central Institute in win over Winslow.

...As the playoffs advance and each game becomes bigger than the last, high school football coaches are more apt to reach deep into the playbook to take a chance on a trick play. With the season on the line, what do you have to lose?

That’s how Bertrand approached each of the two trick plays he called in the victory over Winslow. In the first quarter with his team trailing 8-0 and looking at third down and 24 from its own 40-yard line, Bertrand called a play requiring wide receiver David Young to take a pitch, stop, and throw the ball to Matos, who ran a deep route down the middle. Young’s throw was high, but Matos was able to out-jump the defender, catch the ball, and sprint to the end zone.

“It was kind of spur of the moment and feel,” Bertrand said. ... off-games/