Dowagiac Union’s football team needed a victory against Paw Paw, and a comeback one at that, to earn a spot in the impending MHSAA state playoffs. Entering as an underdog and needing a victory to earn a postseason berth, Dowagiac had to pull out all the stops. Apparently one of those stops is a bizarre, unique trick play that starts with a faux — but potentially real? — botched exchange with the center.
As you can see at the 1:35 mark of the video above, Dowagiac running back Jamin Hunt was able to slip out and find an open pocket of space near the goal line. After quarterback Anthony Neubauer bobbled the snap he found himself in the midst of a maelstrom of Paw Paw defeneders. His only way out was to get the ball out of his own hands, which is precisely what he did, just in time. That subsequent lateral found a teammate in the backfield, who in turn found Hunt, who is just a sophomore, wide open near the end zone for a rather unique touchdown.
That score helped Dowagiac cut into a significant early lead, and eventually pull out a narrow, 49-46 victory. That means the Chieftains could try the same maneuver again in the coming week in the playoffs, an effort we can only imagine probably won’t be in the cards after the success and attention generated from the first episode.