WATCH: This Rhode Island football team used backflips in trick play

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WATCH: This Rhode Island football team used backflips in trick play

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WATCH: This Rhode Island football team used backflips in trick play

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Some pre-snap motion results in penalties, but it appears there’s nothing in the rulebook that outright bans backflips.

One Rhode Island team took full advantage of this loophole (is it a loophole?) to put together a distracting trick play for its opponent.
As seen in a video tweeted by WPRI reporter Rosie Langello, Johnston High School (R.I.) wide receiver Joey Accicardo went into motion. But, instead of getting to a spot on the line, he did a series of backflips in an apparent effort to get the attention of the Pilgram (Warwick, R.I.) defenders.

See the action in the highlight clip below:

Whether or not the flipping had a direct effect, the play achieved its desired result: touchdown Panthers. Johnston went on to win 29-12.

It was the last game of the season, and likely they had been sitting on that play for quite some time. Accicardo, a trained dancer who has been on stage with Justin Bieber, clearly had the moves to pull it off.

So on Thanksgiving weekend — fitting, as he has also performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, according to the Providence Journal — the senior got a chance on the final game of the regular season.

We certainly give it a 10.

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