Here’s how you know it might be your lucky day: When a shotgun snap sails high overhead, but a surefire 25-yard loss somehow turns into a 20-yard gain into the red zone.
That’s precisely what unfolded in the first quarter of Coppell’s 27-20 victory against Rowlett in the first round of the Texas state playoffs. As noted by the Dallas Morning News, with Cowboys quarterback Brady McBride lined up deep in the shotgun, the snap instead sailed far over his head. The signal caller flew backwards, scrambling after the loose ball and eventually recovered it a full 25 yards behind the original line of scrimmage.
With Rowlett defensive linemen in hot pursuit, McBride was forced to let loose with the deep pass as he continued to fade backwards. Incredibly, the pass soared downfield right to wide receiver Gabe Lemons, who made the catch for a gain of some 20 yards.
No, the pass didn’t result in a touchdown, but it was still one of the standout plays of 2016, a Johnny Manziel-esque moment of magic that foreshadowed more of what was to come for Coppell in one of the standout early matchups in the Lone Star State.