The “hook and lateral” (or “hook and ladder,” depending on who you ask) is a perfect offensive football play when executed correctly.
Needing a big gain as time wound down in an eight-man playoff game against Iowa Valley (Morengo, Iowa) Friday night, Twin Cedars (Bussey, Iowa) reached into its bag of tricks a few days before Halloween to remain undefeated in a thrilling win.
Trailing by six points at the opposing 34-yard line with 22.5 seconds on the clock, Twin Cedars quarterback Nick Haselhuhn floated a pass to Jake Knox, who caught the ball at the 29 yard line. He then tossed a lateral to running back Dakota Pinegar. Pinegar did the rest, racing up the right sideline and avoiding two tackles near the end zone to tie the game with 13 seconds to play, per the Ottumwa Courier.
The ensuing two-point conversion was good, giving Twin Cedars a 24-22 lead it held onto to improve to 10-0.
A good thing about eight-man football is that a player has more room to run once he gets the ball. As nice as the connection between Haselhuhn and Knox is, the effort of Pinegar to cross the goal line can’t be underplayed. And if you thought of Billy Bob’s catch and rumble for the TD on a similar play in the 1999 film “Varsity Blues” (albeit with a swifter ball carrier this time), you are not alone.
The Sabers next face Midland in the state playoffs.