The excitement was building on a crisp autumn evening in the Midwest. Another titanic clash between two fantastic football teams had created cheers so loud they could be heard for blocks away. The visiting team had just scored late in the 4th quarter to take a 4-point lead and the kickoff return was stopped at the 3-yard line. Time was ticking away, but there was enough time for the local quarterback to lead his team down the field for the win. The defense came out with more defensive backs and one less rusher on the line. The goal was to prevent the big play from the offense. On the first play, a pitch outside to the running back, about 7 yards were gained and the runner stepped out of bounds to stop the clock. The next play was a quick Out-Pattern pass play. Another 15 yards, a first down and clock stopped. Play after play, the quarterback and coach called the plays and moved the offense down the field. A field goal was not an option, they had to cross the goal line. Seconds ticked down, under 60 seconds left as the offense crossed mid-field and neared the red zone at the 20-yard line. As the Quarterback drops back to pass one more time, he notices it has become harder to find an open receiver. It feels like there are defenders all over the place. He misses a couple passes and then completes a strike near the 1-yard line. First and goal with less than 20 seconds remaining. The home fans erupted in praise on the last completion. They can feel the upcoming touchdown and they are already celebrating the win. You can feel the energy deep inside your soul.
The crowd, the band, the cheerleaders and the radio broadcasters are cheering and anticipating the play call that will win the championship for the home team!
Written by National Champion, Rick Washburn