A high school coach in Southern California used a new tactic in an attempt to stay abreast of the USC-Utah football game while his own team was still in action: Get an assistant coach to give constant updates over the internal coaching intercom from the Pac-12 game.
That’s precisely what Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas pulled off on Friday. According to the Los Angeles Times, while Narbonne was cruising past Paramount, 37-0, Douglas was getting updates from the USC-Utah game in his headset. The reason for his keen interest? Utah junior quarterback Troy Williams is a Narbonne alum who played under Douglas in 2013.
The entire situation made for a thrilling denoument that would have been utterly confusing for anyone in the stands: Williams threw the game-winning completion with just 16 seconds remaining, sending the Narbonne coaching staff into delirium on the sidelines … even though the celebrations came at a moment of relatively muted action for their own squad on the field at the time (they would not score any additional points, with 37-o eventually holding up as the final score).
Confusing or not, Douglas and his colleagues will have to be excused for their enthusiasm. After all, as the coach put it: “Troy was our boy.”