As the clock wound down, the snap came quick and to the point.
Jayson Stanley’s kick was swift and through the uprights and the crazy celebration in Copperas Cove that ensued, should have lasted all night.
It lasted a little more than one tick of the clock.
It was an ending no one could have predicted; that no one could have seen coming.
Not Copperas Cove football coach Jack Welch, the fans in the stands or even A&M Consolidated’s Derrick Dick. The Tigers pitched, reversed and lateraled the ball 50 yards for a game-winning touchdown as time expired, stunning Copperas Cove with a 44-41 victory at Bulldawg Stadium on Friday.
The literal last-second run by Dick into the end zone capped off a 3-minute, 39-second stretch that saw the Dawgs and Tigers combine to score 44 points, after only scoring 41 in the previous 44 minutes and 21 seconds.
Bulldawgs quarterback Manny Harris said it was one the craziest games he had ever been a part of.
I would hope so. It was certainly one of the craziest games anyone has ever been a part of.
In fact, it was probably one of the greatest games anyone has been a part of.
Games like that are why football is so exciting, especially high school football.
Copperas Cove had 697 yards of total offense.
Harris passed for 516 yards. Phillip Baptiste had 256 yards receiving.
Neither were on the winning team.
The duo proved they are the next stars in the making for the Bulldawgs, who seem to turn out at least one Football Bowl Subdivison athlete every season, whether it is Brandin Byrd, Brelan Chancellor, Trevor Clemens-Valdez or Robert Griffin III.
However, neither Baptiste nor Harris could do enough to win the game.
It was that crazy.
It made that little sense.
Harris, a junior, completed 34 of 51 passes for 516 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the school records for passing yards in a game set by Griffin (293) in 2006 and attempts in a game set by Dustin Dewald (40) in 1986. Under Jack Welch, or any other coach for that matter, the Bulldawgs have not been a passing team.
That didn’t even really change under RGIII.
But, it has under the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Harris, who had to battle it out just to win the starting job this fall. Copperas Cove might now be considered a pass-first team.
That’s crazy to comperehend.
The Bulldawgs were behind all night.
They led the game for less than a minute, but still it looked like Stanley’s 25-yard field goal was going to win the game after 3½ crazy minutes. Harris connected with Hunter McVeigh for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game 24-24. Then Consol scored off a Brandon Jackson 25-yard touchdown run.
Cove answered when senior receiver Derrick Giles scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 31-31. Finally, Cove claimed its first lead of the night when McVeigh caught his second touchdown with 1:17 remaining.
That lead lasted 39 seconds. Kobe Miller tied the game with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dukes with 38 seconds left.
That lead lasted 37 seconds.
It was that back and forth. It was a crazy battle that lasted until the final second had expired. The way the Dawgs lost and the way A&M won was unexplainable, painful and exciting.
And exactly why I love football.