Austin Aguilar had seen defensive players pick up a blocked field goal or punt and run with it. So he thought he could do it, too.
The Lake Forest (Felton, Del.) kicker picked up his own blocked field goal with no time remaining Saturday and ran it into the end zone. The officials hesitated for a couple of seconds – trying to make sense of a confusing situation – then signaled a touchdown.
As Delmar players sprinted the other way in celebration, the stunning turn of events gave Lake Forest a wild, 19-14 victory that will long be remembered.
“No one was paying attention to me, and I ran it in,” Aguilar said. “I saw [the officials’] hands go up, and it was just the best feeling ever.”
The Spartans were trailing 14-13 when Aguilar lined up to attempt an 18-yard field goal with 1 second remaining. It was just PAT distance, from the right hashmark, but the kick never had a chance.
The Delmar defense snuffed it almost right off of Aguilar’s foot. The ball remained behind the line of scrimmage, so it was still a live play. The jubilant Wildcats were running toward midfield when the alert kicker retrieved the ball and scored.
Delmar (0-5, 0-2) went from celebrating its first win of the season to losing in one of the worst ways imaginable.
“Our coaches said they heard a whistle. I don’t know,” Wildcats coach David Hearn said. “Until the whistle blows, we could have picked it up and run with it. Any time you block a field goal, it’s live until it’s dead. They said it was not dead.”