Lynn Classical High and Lynn English High (both located in Lynn, Massachusetts) have been playing each other since the early 1900s.
The 103rd meeting between the two fierce rivals might go down as the best game in their storied history.
With 8 seconds left to play, English scored a touchdown to take a 20-15 lead. Pandemonium broke out as their fans rushed the field in celebration. But the game was not over. After their 2-point conversion attempt failed, English had to kick the ball off to Classical. If they prevented them from scoring, the ball game would be over.
Not so fast—an offside penalty forced English to re-kick. Here’s what happened next:
Wow. Let this be a lesson that the sports gods do not take kindly to premature field rushing.
The play would not have been possible without Melvin Nieves, a junior running back/wide receiver, and Marcus Rivera, a senior running back/free safety. Nieves initially fielded the kick. As he explains in this video, it was supposed to be a reverse to Rivera, but the timing was off:
Thanks to Nieves’ and Rivera’s athleticism and creative improvisation (plus some great blocking by their teammates), Classical pulled off the win in truly improbable fashion.
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