Just about 99.99…% of the time, a field goal block is a good thing for the defense. Bishop McCort (Johnstown, Pa.) holder – and, as you will see, quarterback – Levi Cook found a sliver of a fraction of a chance that a blocked field goal can be a blessing for the offensive side. When life gives you lemons …
The play from Saturday’s playoff game against Mount Union (Pa.) starts innocently with Cook setting the hold for the kick. A speedy Mount Union defender sprints in and puts a clean block on the kick. Play over, right? Well, if this were a regular block of a kick, we might not be writing about it now, would we?
After starting the play on his knee at the opposing 21 yard line, the quick-thinking Cook sprints back and chases the rolling football at the 37. He rolls left, sees nothing promising, then heads back to the right, where he is met by a defender. That defender makes a poor attempt at a tackle, and two others run into each other. Cook then acts like he is tucking the ball and running, but then he sees a teammate behind the defense.
From the 35, Cook heaves the ball toward the end zone, where teammate Zach Goins was waiting to catch an “easy” touchdown pass. Nothing to it, and according to the Lewistown Sentinel, it was the last play of the first half.
Bishop McCort improved to 9-2 by winning the game, 56-10. But that lopsided score doesn’t make Cook’s effort and execution on this broken play any less impressive.