Virginia state semifinal ending very familiar to Skyview, Columbia River fans
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
Closing seconds of a high school football game. One team is lining up to kick the potential game-winning field goal.
The ball is snapped, the kick is up and ….. it’s blocked!!!!
The team that blocked the kick runs off the field in jubilation, while the kicking team stands in stunned silence.
That is until one player from the kicking team picks up the ball and runs it into the end zone … because the ball is live. The result is a game-winning touchdown for the team that had its kick blocked.
It’s hard to imagine a more gut-wrenching way to lose. Skyview players and fans can attest to that when it happened to them during the 2013 season when the Storm lost to rival Columbia River on a play like that.
Well, what if it happened in the state semifinals?
That’s what happened to Monacan in the Virginia Class 4A state semifinals on Friday.
Lake Taylor trailed 14-12 with 14 seconds left when the Titans attempted a 23-yard field for the win. Monacan blocked the kick, then the Chief players ran off the field to celebrate their seemingly game-clinching win. Then Lake Taylor kicker Marquise Poole picked up the ball and ran in for the go-ahead touchdown and a 19-14 victory.
“I was shocked no one was around to pick it up or tackle me,” Poole told the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. “I basically walked in.”
All too familiar for Clark County fans.
Here’s the link to the Times-Dispatch story.