They say it’s essential to play to the whistle in football. Just ask Andrew Ihle.
Ihle is the senior quarterback for Middle Creek in North Carolina. In Friday’s 28-20 victory against Wakefield (N.C.), he scored a decisive touchdown on one of the most remarkable quarterback sneaks of the year.
After taking off through a seam in the defensive line on a broken pass play, Ihle called out his future blockers up the field while cutting left. He eventually ran out of real estate and was pulled down by a Wakefield linebacker … except he wasn’t quite down.
Instead, Ihle rolled over the would-be Wakefield tackler, popped back up without his knees striking the turf and sprinted to paydirt, scoring a crucial touchdown in what was ultimately a one-possession game.
Best play of the year? Too early to tell. If nothing else, it’s one of the most determined scores we’ll see from across the football season.